Helpful tips for driving, cycling and walking in Scotland and around The Coig’s five routes. Whilst we are still in the recovery phase of Coronavirus, please adhere to the Scottish government’s guidelines whilst out adventuring around our five fabulous routes.

Read on for advice on travelling in Scotland during the Covid-19 epidemic.

Driving in Scotland

If you are planning a road trip in Scotland but you’ve never driven in the UK before, or if you think it’d be a good idea for a quick refresh, please take a moment to watch this video from VisitScotland and have a look at their website which has a list of FAQ’s and lots of useful links.

Cycling in Scotland

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Seamill Beach, West Kilbride

Cycling is a super way to #getoutside and explore The Coig’s five routes, particularly if you are visiting the islands of Arran, Bute or Cumbrae. Safety is paramount therefore following the Highway Code is a good place to start.

Visit the Sustrans website to discover the National Cycle Network in Scotland. We also have some great cycle routes on our interactive map. Click on the ‘Routes’ button then select ‘Cycling’.

Download our FREE app to help you plan.

Coronavirus and travelling in Scotland

The First Minister has announced the new tier levels of Covid-19 restrictions. Details of these levels and the implications of each can be found at Across The Coig’s five routes, there are a number of Local Authority regions, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and Argyll and Bute. Ensure the region that you are entering isn’t a tier 3 region or above.

We want all of our visitors to enjoy their time in our beautiful region and to support our communities and businesses by shopping locally as safely as possible. 

Download the contact tracing Test and Protect app from NHS Scotland to help protect yourself and those around you. For more information please visit

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Download the Protect Scotland app


Remember FACTS for a safer Scotland. The wearing of face coverings is now mandatory in shops and indoor public spaces. Please practice good hand hygiene, bring hand sanitiser with you to use when there are no hand washing facilities available. Adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times and respect processes put in place by local businesses.


Please plan ahead carefully and check opening arrangements with businesses directly. Please also check the region within The Coig’s five routes you are planning on entering is operating on an acceptable tier for you to do so.

Check with CalMac ahead of any plans to travel by ferry to any of our islands. Ferry tickets need to be booked well in advance.

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  • Maintain physical distancing at all times, indoors and outdoors
  • If the number of Covid-19 cases begin to rise again, lockdown restrictions may need to be reintroduced, either locally to nationally.
  • Please prepare to be adaptable to changes in your travel plans. Have some thoughts about a back-up or plan B.
  • Please self-declare that you are fit to travel and are not showing any symptoms of Covid-19 before you leave home. Please do not travel if you have any symptoms at all.

Stop the spread

We need to do all we can to help stop the spread of the highly dangerous Covid-19 virus. Please practise good hygiene at all times, in all places and respect any restrictions made by our local businesses and attractions to keep you safe.

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Please be kind to fellow day trippers, staycationers, shop staff and key workers. We are all trying to adjust to a new way of life.

Keep Updated

Please remember that official advice in Scotland may differ from that of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

All the latest Scottish Government Coronavirus information is available online at

For the latest tourism updates, please see the VisitScotland website.

Travelling by ferry? Please see the CalMac Ferry updates.

Scottish Outdoor Access Code

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Scotland differs to England and Wales in that you can go on most land to enjoy the outdoors. Know the Scottish Outdoor Access Code before you go so you can get on with enjoying yourself once you’re there!

Scottish access rights apply to most land and inland water. Whether you’re enjoying fresh air in a local park, walking the dog, hill walking, mountain biking, horse riding or kayaking, you should find out about your access rights and responsibilities.

Bin Your Litter

We encourage all visitors to The Coig’s 5 routes to keep Scotland beautiful by simply putting any litter in a bin or take it home with you.

Zero Waste Scotland have some top tips on how to prepare for a day trip by ensuring that you don’t leave any litter behind.

Download Our App

The official app for The Coig is completely FREE with no in-app purchases. It helps you find the most interesting sights and places and the walking, cycling and driving tours take you to some hidden gems.