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Where To Skate In Scotland

You've purchased skates and taken skating lessons. Now where are you going to skate? It is not unusual to hear new skaters exclaim they can't find anywhere to skate.  Well, here's a list of 50 venues in Scotland to get you started. There are many more places which you may already know about. Tell us, and we'll add it to the list.

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ABERDEEN

DUTHIE PARK

Some pathways

suitable for Beginners. EASY

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AIRDRIE to

BATHGATE

Using NCR75. A good skate with a few

rough patches. EASY

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AYR, WHITLETTS

ACTIVITY CENTRE

This is an indoor skater

friendly venue.

EASY SKATING

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DUNDEE

Riverside Drive, about 4½ miles long, runs along beside the main road,

unfortunately.

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DUNDEE

Riverside Drive, about 4½ miles long, runs along beside the main road,

unfortunately. EASY

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DUNFERMLINE

PITTENCRIEFF PARK

well kept park & surfaces

Very hilly. Suit early skater

for workout. Top facilities

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ABERDEEN

ESPLANADE

Surfaces generally

good, some rough

patches. Easy access.

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ARDROSSAN

& SALTCOATS

Skate both Towns, along

sea front. Good Surfaces.

Some Kerbs. VERY EASY

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ISLE of CUMBRAE

A great skating day out

ruined by rough surfaces it puts skaters off

attempting this route.

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DUNOON

Nice stretch of tarmac from the pier towards Kirn. Can be busy with pedestrians. 

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ABERFELDY

VICTORIA PARK

Good venue for

Beginners. Includes

Skate Park. EASY

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AYR ESPLANADE

Good Surfaces, flat, sometimes busy,a few kerbs, can be windy.

VERY EASY

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CULROSS

Mile long cycle track at

front. Ideal for Beginners.

Flat smooth surface.

VERY EASY

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CLACKMANNAN to DUNFERMLINE using NCR 764. Straight undulating cycle track. Some rough surfaces can be a bit gritty, mostly easy skating. Best with a following wind. This used to be a favourite venue but some parts of the route have deteriorated quite a bit and may not appeal to all skaters.

Best on big wheel skates.

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EAGLESHAM WINDFARM

Park ¾ mile past the visitor centre. Smooth surfaces, a few speed bumps. Short, just over a mile long. Good for beginners.

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EDINBURGH CIRCUIT

Some rough surfaces & hills, cross & skate a couple of busy roads, a few steps, only for the competent skater.

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DUMBARTON to BOWLING using NCR 7

Good tarmac surface, some rough patches, mostly flat, a couple of hills. There and back about 7 miles with one road to cross, take care. Smooth surface runs

out at Bowling. Suitable for most skaters.

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EDINBURGH EAST

PORTOBELLO

Smooth surface, some cobbles, slight gradient, can be busy and windy.

EASY skating

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EDINBURGH

VARIOUS ROUTES

Dave Henniker's videos show you skating options throughout the city.

Have we missed your area?

Then send an email and we'll

add it to the list.

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EDINBURGH CENTRAL

VICTORIA PARK Ferry Rd

An ideal venue for the

first-time beginner. Good

access. EASY skating

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GLASGOW - EAST

Follow NCR 75 from Glasgow Green. Some parts very rough, some smooth. Avoid tree roots start from Dalmarnock Rd.

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HELIX PARK - Home of the Kelpies

One of the best skating areas in Scotland. Flat, Smooth

Surfaces - What can go wrong? Beginner to Expert you

won't be disappointed. Can be busy at weekends.

This is the home of Falkirk Wheelers. EASY EASY

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GLASGOW EAST - GLASGOW GREEN

Some really rough surfaces, one or two steep bits but mainly flat. Plenty of easy skating. Easy access. Most suitable for big wheel skates. A bit of a challenge. TrySkating learn-to-skate lessons available here.

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GLASGOW SOUTH - BELLAHOUSTON PARK

Mainly good surfaces, occasionally rough, mainly flat, a few hills, one steep. The cycle track has a smooth surface, plenty of easy skating. Highly recommended. TrySkating learn-to-skate lessons available here. EASY

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GLASGOW EAST - HOGGANFIELD LOCH

Ideal for beginners. Generally smooth flat surface around the loch. A couple of rough bits & undulations. On sunny days can be very busy & difficult to find space in car park.

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GLASGOW CENTRAL - ARC SPORTS CENTRE

Indoor skating for all on Sunday mornings from 10.30am. Drop in session, new skaters always welcome. Learn to skate. Try the Lap-Ladder. This is our favourite indoor venue, EASY skating

We're always on the lookout for new smooth flat tarmac. Keep us posted when you find some.

GLASGOW - WEST

KELVINGROVE PARK

Mainly good surfaces, a bit hilly, has skate park. Can be very busy. EASY

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GLASGOW - EAST

TOLLCROSS PARK

Some paths suitable for beginners. Smooth surfaces. EASY

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GLASGOW - WEST

VICTORIA PARK GDNS

Suitable for beginners, flat variable surfaces, narrow paths, gets busy

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GREENOCK ESPLANADE

Mostly flat, a hill at one end, reasonable surfaces. Easy access. Can be busy & windy.  EASY

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HUNTLY NORDIC &

OUTDOOR CENTRE

Purpose-built all-weather facility for cross-country skiing and rollerskiing, Tuition available.

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IRVINE

Smooth paths near the Magnum Centre and around the boating pond.  EASY

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IRVINE to PRESTWICK using NCR 7

Take care when crossing railway lines and on gritty pavement close beside a busy road. Good smooth & rough surfaces. This is a skating challenge for the more experienced skater.

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KILMARNOCK to IRVINE using NCR 73

Smooth flat surface from Kilmarnock to Springside, thereafter surfaces become rougher and narrower. Occasional hill. Not a route to suit every skater. A challenge.

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LARGS ESPLANADE

Flat, mainly good surfaces, sometimes busy near the ferry terminal. Can be windy. Easy access. Recommended. TrySkating learn-to-skate lessons available here by arrangement. EASY

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KILMACOLM to JOHNSTONE using NCR 75

Undulating terrain, patches of upgraded smooth tarmac. Some rough surface. Possible to skate to Lochwinnoch. Need to be capable of crossing the busy B789 road. EASY skating.

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LOCHWINNOCH LOOP to BELLAHOUSTON PARK

Use Cycle Routes. Must be capable of stopping on public roads, cope with rough surfaces, steep hills and crossing busy roads. This route is a challenge. For experienced skaters only.

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LOCHWINNOCH LOOP using NCR 7

Steep start/finish hill. Good "off the road" skating. Some  undulating terrain. Skater friendly pathway but not entirely smooth. Must be capable of stopping

otherwise EASY skating.

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LIMEKILNS

Narrow Promenade

suitable for

Beginners only.

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MONIFIETH to

CARNOUSTIE

Ability to stop necessary

on this cycle path, some

rough surfaces & hills.

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MONTROSE

Skate anywhere, the town is flat. EASY Skating.

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MOTHERWELL

DUCHESS PARK

Small park best for Beginners.

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NEWTONMORE TO KINGUSSIE

About 2 miles of tarmac on the cycle path, part of National Cycle Network route 7. Pretty flat, a couple of slight rises. No car parking near Kingussie end, but a handy layby at Newtonmore end and some verge parking possible in between.

EASY skating.

STREET SKATES has some skating locations in England

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PERTH, NORTH INCH PARK

Mostly flat, reasonable surfaces. Easy access. Good for beginners. Highly recommended. Can be busy at popular times. Park at Bell's Sports Centre, PH1 5HS. EASY Skating,

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NEWTON MEARNS TO FENWICK

Smooth surfaces occasional rough patches. Some sections spoiled by pathway grit. More suited to big wheel skates. Start from Fenwick to have a following wind. EASY skating.

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PRESTWICK ESPLANADE

Smooth tarmac, a few strips of cobbles. Rough surface at the south end past the sailing club. Plenty of car parking. EASY Skating.

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ST. ANDREWS to LEUCHARS

Good skating on smooth tarmac. Beware the cyclepath is immediately beside the busy A91 road. (see photo) This route is only recommended for experienced street skaters.

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SEAMILL to ARDROSSAN

Runs close beside the busy A78. Good for a bit of practise.

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STRATHCLYDE PARK

Smooth pathways are narrow & can be busy. Car parks have rough surfaces.

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TROON

Skate anywhere, the town is flat.

EASY Skating Recommended.

Skate Routes

Grading skate routes can be tricky because, dependent on ability, what one skater finds easy another finds difficult. Should you be reasonably fit and capable of stopping proficiently then all the skate locations are relatively easy. If you can't stop competently you must not skate on public roads. Not sure you can handle any of this. Can't skate rough surfaces? Then take a private lesson or join group indoor classes in your area.

Feedback

We like to know what you think of the skate routes. When you have skated one, please email your comments. It helps to keep descriptions accurate and up-to-date. Found somewhere good to skate in your area with decent surfaces and mainly flat? Share it with other skaters by having it listed.

Safety First

StartSkating recommends wearing pads & helmet everytime you go skating. When skating in public areas, please give precedence to pedestrians, especially children, elderly and disabled people at all times.

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