In the UK nearly a quarter of all car journeys are under 2 miles, a distance that could be cycled in 15 minutes. Cycling 5 miles, 4 times a week can cut the risks of coronary heart disease by up to half.
Where to go?
North Ayrshire is part of The National Cycle Network (NCN). A network of over 12,000 miles of routes throughout the UK. This includes traffic-free paths, quiet roads and lanes and traffic calmed roads. Sustrans in Scotland developed the network in partnership with local authorities, organisations and funders.
NCN Route 7:
- runs approximately north to south through North Ayrshire
- passing through Irvine and Kilwinning
- close to Dalry and Kilbirnie.
- runs approximately east to west from Kilmarnock in East Ayrshire to Ardrossan
- connecting Irvine, Kilwinning and the Three Towns.
Both routes link further afield (eg to Glasgow and Ayr on NCN 7 and Brodick and Lochranza on the Island of Arran on NCN 73).
You can download leaflets for the following sections:
Our Core Paths Plan provides a network of paths for everyday journeys and recreation. Download leaflets from our walking page.
For cycle routes in Ayrshire visit the Ayrshire Paths website.