/ Off road cycling map for Scotland?

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nutme - on 17 Jul 2017
Was looking for a map for off road cycling in Scotland. Main interest is Cairngorms National Park.
Is where something like http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map but for trails, paths and gravels?

Use case is to do homework before the multiday trip. We are interested to stay of the roads as much as possible.
Martin W on 17 Jul 2017
In reply to nutme:

How about OpenStreetMap with the cycle map layer turned on:
https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=13/57.1677/-3.7496&layers=CN Click on the "i" at the right hand side to see what all the different colours of dotted lines mean.

Once you have a first draft of a route, you should be able to find plenty of reasonably up-to-date conditions reports for the various routes you're thinking of following.

I'm sure plenty of more knowledgeable folks will be along shortly with lots of more useful recommendations. (I'll be keeping a eye out for those myself.)
Climbing Pieman on 17 Jul 2017
In reply to nutme:
Individual Councils in Scotland keep records of all approved public tracks and paths that are "reasonably accessible" to the public under the Core Paths regulations. Unfortunately as far as I am aware there is no coordinated Scotland wide version, and you have to access each area of interest through the appropriate Council.

Most of these core paths are able or should be able to be cycled, but only up to a point (in my experience some have difficult landowners that object to you being there, don't have bike friendly gates, have steep sections, narrow sections, across farmland, wet & muddy sections, for example). Also, apparently legally there is no requirement to maintain them regularly or to be accessible at all times which means some can get very overgrown, temporarily closed, etc.

Have you had a look at http://cairngorms.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/CorePathsPlanFinal150727.pdf and http://www.highland.gov.uk/info/379/countryside_facilities_and_wildlife/163/paths_in_the_highlands to see if there is anything there? You could also contact the appropriate Council Access Officer who maybe able to help?

My local council's Access Officer is very easy to contact by phone and email and always happy to help, and my local Council keeps extremely detailed downloadable maps of all accessible routes and details of diversions and closures. They are all "signposted" on the ground with the small core path way markers en route (though actual use of the online maps is a bit tedious as they are so detailed and are on large(ish) scale maps). Hopefully Highland Council and other Council areas that you intend to visit are similar.
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dunirie - on 18 Jul 2017
In reply to nutme:

cairngorms loop might interest you!
greg_may_ - on 18 Jul 2017
In reply to dunirie:

Quite a good loop it is too
Y Gribin - on 20 Jul 2017
In reply to nutme:

Not a complete reply but I'd use Strava heat maps as part of my research:
http://labs.strava.com/heatmap/#10/-3.58566/57.12431/orange/bike

BenedictIEP on 20 Jul 2017
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