Part of the fun of cycling is simply getting on your bike and seeing where your imagination will take you.  We recommend that if you’re making a journey of less than five miles, you think about whether you could make that by bike.  Cycling five miles should take about the same as walking one mile.  It’s great for your health and great for the environment.

If you’re looking to get on your bike for longer and want a few hours with the wind running through your hair and the opportunity to appreciate all that’s around you, we have some great options to explore around the Wee County.  The National Cycle Network is a series of routes running around the entire country.  Four of these routes run around the Wee County.  While they can be enjoyed separately, they all join together to create a circular route around Clackmannanshire.

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Route 76

Activity Type: Cycling
Suggested Start Point: The bonded warehouses of Cambus
Terrain: Mostly flat. Route shared in parts with vehicular traffic.

From: Dunbar to Kirkcaldy. In the Wee County, Route 76 runs from the shadow of the Wallace Monument to the Clackmannanshire Bridge

In Clackmannan, you’ll have the option of following Route 76 to Kirkcaldy, or diverting along the old railway line to Dunfermline on Route 764.   It’s a twelve mile route that travels high above the River Forth, through peaceful farm and woodland.  You’ll pass close to the villages of Blairhall, Oakley and Carnock, all of which have shops and cafes for refreshments.  If you’ve time, look out for the Kingdom of Fife Millennium Cycleway signs and divert to visit the Charlestown Limekilns and cycle to the shores of the River Forth.  As you approach Dunfermline, the famous Abbey is definitely an attraction worth the short detour, before you cycle back to Clackmannanshire and back to Alloa for a well-deserved cup of tea!

Route 764

Activity Type: Cycling     Distance: 14 miles
Suggested Start Point: In Clackmannan, just off the B910.
Terrain: on road sections at start and end but predominantly all on the old railway path with tarmac surfaces. There are no climbs anywhere on the route.

From: Clackmannan to Dunfermline

This spectacular route runs in total for 134 miles, starting in Berwick upon Tweed and running all the way to Kirkcaldy.  Route 76 starts in the shadow of the Wallace Monument, and heads along in front of Dumyat, the highest of the Ochil Hills, before turning toward Cambus and its famous whisky bonded warehouses.  You’ll cycle on through Alloa and on through the village of Clackmannan, past the famous Clackamannan Tower, a royal residence since David II built it in 1359.  Your journey out of the Wee County will continue through Kincardine and follow the Forth Coastal Route all the way to historic Kirkcaldy on edge of the Firth of Forth.

Route 767

Activity Type: Cycling     Distance: 7 miles
Suggested Start Point: Alloa Train Station
Terrain: Flat and away from traffic. Mixed surfaces, all smooth

From: Alloa to Dollar

This spectacular route runs in total for 134 miles, starting in Berwick upon Tweed and running all the way to Kirkcaldy.  Route 76 starts in the shadow of the Wallace Monument, and heads along in front of Dumyat, the highest of the Ochil Hills, before turning toward Cambus and its famous whisky bonded warehouses.  You’ll cycle on through Alloa and on through the village of Clackmannan, past the famous Clackamannan Tower, a royal residence since David II built it in 1359.  Your journey out of the Wee County will continue through Kincardine and follow the Forth Coastal Route all the way to historic Kirkcaldy on edge of the Firth of Forth.

Back in 2002, Clackmannanshire Council and Sustrans (the Sustainable Transport Charity) began work on our part of National Cycle Route 76, the 134 mile route between Berwick and Edinburgh.

safer cycling

We’ve built a new cycle link to the Clackmannanshire Bridge, we’ve reduced speed limits, introduced gateway signs and green textured surfacing on roads. 

In the last decade we’ve also worked hard to ensure that most of the minor rural roads have cycle friendly road status and we’re ensuring that all of our communities are well on the way to being connected with safe cycle routes for recreational use and to help our citizens get to work, school and wherever they need to be by walking or cycling.

We’ve got much to do, but we’ve also got much to be proud about and we’ll continue to work towards a future where cycling or walking somewhere is as viable an option as driving.