Revitalising the Round the Inner Forth Cycle Route

Objective 3
In Progress
The Inner Forth has a wealth of paths for walkers and cyclists, which can be used to link heritage assets and explore the four local authority areas more widely. 

The Round the Inner Forth cycle route (the section of the National Cycle Network Route (NCN) 76 that follows the shores of the Inner Forth) links transport hubs to lesser-known heritage attractions, and has the potential to reduce pressure at honeypot tourism sites and spread the economic benefits of tourism wider in the Inner Forth.
This activity focuses on revitalising the cycle route to help establish the Inner Forth as a car-free tourism destination. 
The Climate FORTH team has worked closely with Sustrans Scotland to ‘rebrand’ the circular Round the Inner Forth cycle route:
In 2023, local tourism and cycle industry representatives were invited to co-create a new and recognisable brand identity for the route, through a series of co-design workshops ran by Braw Talent. The new logo is now being added onto the route’s signposts.


Climate FORTH also worked with Mike Dennison, an experienced cycle consultant, to audit the cycle route, create detailed itinerary descriptions and identify six new shorter cycle day trips linked to the main 70-mile Round the Inner Forth cycle route. This Way up Media then created engaging films and still photos to promote the routes.

More Round the Inner Forth (main route and shorter day trips) films can be accessed on our YouTube channel.

The Round the Inner Forth cycle route and day trips are also featured on their very own VisitScotland webpage, where PDF route cards and GPX coordinates can be downloaded. The route cards can also be downloaded from our Resources Library (links below).

Six new cycle day trips:
Level: Intermediate
Explore Alloa’s historic sites and enjoy panoramic views of the Ochil hills on this circular ride from Alloa Railway Station. 
Level: Intermediate
Explore the historic sites of Dunfermline Palace and Abbey, before following the traffic-free West Fife Way to visit Culross.
Level: Intermediate
Explore Blackness Castle and Hopetoun House and enjoy unrivalled views of the spectacular Forth Bridges on this circular ride from Dalmeny Railway Station.  
Level: Intermediate
Explore historic towns and enjoy dramatic views of Linlithgow Palace, Blackness Castle and the Forth Bridges on this circular ride. 
 Level: Challenging
A challenging tour of the lesser-known sites of natural history and heritage, around the Upper Forth Estuary. 
Level: Introductory
Explore the Kelpies and follow the historic Forth & Clyde Canal through Falkirk’s industrial past, to the dramatic Falkirk Wheel. 
And there is more! COMING SOON:
As well as this, we will showcase car-free experiences available at the destination, by offering a series of downloadable walking and cycling itineraries of various lengths so everyone can participate and enjoy! 
To further encourage car-free travel to heritage sites, we will install a network of bike parking racks and bike maintenance stations to enable visitors to park their bikes and explore the sites, and to carry quick repairs during their visit. More heritage signage will also be installed to indicate safe walking and cycling access routes between the Round the Inner Forth route, lesser-known heritage space and sites and transport hubs.

This webpage will develop over time to provide access to the new resources that will be developed, and to share information on the new infrastructure.

Get Involved

If you work for a tourism/hospitality business or organisation, and would like access to printed copies of the day trip route cards to share with visitors, don’t hesitate to email the team:

The videos of the Round the Inner Forth and associated day trips are available on Youtube for businesses/organisations to use to promote cycling in the Inner Forth on their website and socials.

Project Location

Funded by

Crown Estate funding via Fife Council
Funding from the Scottish Government through Sustrans Scotland’s Network Engagement programme.