GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

National Cycle Route 76

165 miles (265 km)

This signed Sustrans cycle route runs from Berwick-upon-Tweed on the Northumberland coast to Edinburgh and Stirling before finishing at Kirkcaldy. Along the way there's long scenic sections along the Firth of Forth and the Fife coast.
Starting just west of Berwick in England, you head north to cross the Scottish border and continue to the lovely coastal town of Eyemouth in the Scottish Borders.
You continue along the coast to Dunbar before heading inland towards Haddington before heading to Cockenzie and Port Seton on the Firth of Forth. Here you pick up a fine coastal section running along the Firth of Forth to Musselburgh before heading into the wonderful city of Edinburgh. You will then pass some of Edinburgh's highlights including Holyrood Park, Arthur's Seat and the historic castle.
After passing through the city you head north west to Cramond on the Firth of Forth. Another coastal section follows here, heading west to Queensferry with views over Drum Sands to Cramond Island.
You continue west to Bo'ness passing the 15th century Blackness Castle ruins. The route then heads past Grangemouth and then on to Stirling where you will cross the River Forth and pass the famous Wallace Monument.
The next stage takes you east past Alloa to Culross where there's a nice traffic free section. You continue east along the lovely Fife Coast to Dalgety Bay, Burntisland and Kinghorn before finishing at Kirkcaldy.
See the list below for manageable day rides along the route:

Cycle Routes along National Cycle Route 76

  • Berwick-upon-Tweed to Dunbar - This lovely ride follows National Cycle route 76 from England into the Scottish Borders giving wonderful coastal views along the way.
    The ride starts in Berwick-upon-Tweed heading north to the coastal town of Eyemouth in the Scottish borders
  • Edinburgh to Dunbar - Travel through East Lothian along National Cycle Routes 1 and 76 and enjoy splendid views of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth.
  • Haddington to Longniddry Railway Walk - This walk or cycle takes you along a dismantled railway line between the East Lothian towns of Haddington and Longniddry

National Cycle Route 76 OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

National Cycle Route 76 Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The route links with National Cycle Route 1 at Berwick and Edinburgh.
Around Edinburgh it also links with National Cycle Route 75. This route takes you from the capital to Portavadieon the shores of Loch Fyne on the west coast of the Cowal peninsula in Argyll and Bute.

Photos

River Tweed, Berwick upon Tweed - geograph.org.uk - 1904386

River Tweed, Berwick upon Tweed

Musselburgh (5079507679)

Musselburgh

National Cycle Route 76 at Culross - geograph.org.uk - 1036157

National Cycle Route 76 at Culross. The view of the coastal path with the railway line on the right hand side.

Longannet Railway and shoreline - geograph.org.uk - 1565835

Longannet Railway and shoreline View from National Cycle Route 76. The rail line is a goods line supplying coal to Longannet power station. The Forth bridges can be seen in the distance

Edinburgh Castle - geograph.org.uk - 3152809

Edinburgh Castle

Haddington Railway - geograph.org.uk - 1463942

Haddington Railway. Built to compensate missing the county town by the North British Railway. Now a footpath/cycle route (NCN76). There are calls for the line to be reopened, a lot of people commute to Edinburgh from Haddington - lack of capacity between Longniddry and Waverley would be a problem, unless the railway companies finally master the art of the connection.

Cycle path, Polmaise mineral line - geograph.org.uk - 1748544

Cycle path, Polmaise mineral line near Stirling. Another traffic free section on the trail.

Kinneil Wood - geograph.org.uk - 1627836

Kinneil Wood

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

National Cycle Route 76.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)