Free booklets to help people in Scotland get active

People all over Scotland can now set off on an active day of exploration from their own doorstep with a series of free booklets on the National Cycle Network.

The four booklets include suggestions for short rides and walks along the Network’s traffic-free railway paths, canal towpaths, coastline and woodland, and the various sights to see along the way from castles to kingfishers.

The booklets have been published by sustainable transport charity Sustrans, which co-ordinates the Network. They cover Edinburgh, Fife, Central and Borders; Glasgow and Ayrshire; the Central Highlands, Argyll and The Trossachs; and the Tay Estuary to Moray.

Katharine Taylor, Sustrans’ National Cycle Network Development Manager in Scotland, said: “Most people live within a mile of the National Cycle Network and these maps show how easy it is for us all to get out and enjoy our local surroundings.

There are plenty of traffic-free routes throughout Scotland which are great for a walk or for cyclists of all abilities.

“An entire day of free activities can be planned with these maps, so it can also be a great way of keeping children entertained during the long summer holidays.”

For copies of the free maps, call Sustrans in Scotland on 0131 5398122 or the Sustrans Information line on 0845 1130065. They are also available from tourist information centres, cycle shops, leisure centres and hotel receptions.

Further information about Sustrans, including detailed online route mapping, see the Sustrans website at