Cycling in West Lothian

Where can I cycle in West Lothian?

Generally speaking, you can cycle anywhere in Scotland unless legislation prohibits it (such as on a footway associated with a road unless it has been re-determined as a cycleway).

For those less confident on a bike, West Lothian is well-served by off-road cycle paths and quiet roads.  Open Cycle Map is a great source of information on where you can cycle – this is a layer within Open Street Map, a completely user-made and open source form of mapping (which you can also help to edit and create for your local area).

Browse Open Cycle Map for West Lothian using the map box below.

View Larger Map

In addition to finding out about local cycleways in your local area:

  • explore the National Cycle Network routes that cross West Lothian (NCN 754 along the Union Canal towpath, and NCN75 running from Edinburgh to Glasgow through Livingston and Bathgate)
  • try out the A89 cyclepath that runs between Bathgate and Edinburgh, serving Broxburn and Livingston
  • be amazed at how extensive Livingston’s off-road cycle network is – over 100 miles of shared use path serving most destinations and residential areas

Useful weblinks

Fancy joining a friendly and relaxed bike ride in West Lothian once a month, with experienced leaders? Head to the Livingston 20milers website to find out about their next bike ride.

West Lothian Council’s website contains lots of useful information to help you get out and about by bike, including a cycling journey planner to help you plan your route.

Sustrans is a national charity working to make it easier for people to walk and cycle. Their Sustrans Scotland website contains lots of useful information on their policies and projects, including how you can get involved in becoming a local Sustrans volunteer.

Cycling Scotland is Scotland’s national agency for cycling. Their website contains information on how to get back into cycling with their suite of Essential Cycling Skills resources, funding programmes for cycle friendly workplaces, schools and communities; and links to Bikeability Scotland, the cycle training programme for children.