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Outdoor & Indoor Skating (where to skate in Scotland)

Recommended skating locations

Four outside locations we recommend are:

Two indoor venues, perfect for skating are:

All other skating locations

Location/Maps How Difficult Summary
Aberdeen, Duthie Park Easy Some pathways suitable for beginners.
Aberdeen Esplanade Very Easy Surfaces generally good, some rough patches. Easy access. Recommended
Aberfeldy, Victoria Park Easy Good venue for beginners.
Airdrie to Bathgate Mostly Easy Re-opened April 2011 after rail works. A few rough patches. Occasional flood patches after heavy rain.
Ardrossan & Saltcoats Very Easy Skate the two towns along the sea front. Flat, smooth, a few kerbs.
Ayr Esplanade Very Easy Good surfaces, flat, sometimes busy, can be windy. Easy access. Recommended.
Ayr, Whitletts Very Easy Whitletts Whizzers skate here on Friday afternoons. Details on the events page. This is a skater friendly venue.
Isle of Cumbrae Easy A good skate around the island but poor road surfaces spoil it a bit.
Culross Easy Mile long cycle track at seafront beside rail line. Flat, smooth surface, grumpy locals. Good for beginners.
Dumbarton to Bowling using cycle route 7. Easy 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.
Dundee Easy Riverside Drive, about 4½ miles long, runs along beside the main road.
Dunfermline to Clackmannan cycle path Easy 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 and may not appeal to all skaters. Best on big wheel skates.
Dunfermline Pittencrieff Park Very Easy to Difficult Well kept park & surfaces. Very hilly. Good for a short work out or early beginner for practising. Usual park facilities.
Dunoon Easy Nice stretch of tarmac from the pier towards Kirn. Can be busy with pedestrians. 
Eaglesham Windfarm Easy Park ¾ mile past the visitor centre. Very smooth surface, a few speed bumps. Short, just over a mile long. Good for beginners.
Edinburgh cycle path circuit Easy to difficult Some rough surfaces & hills, cross & skate a couple of busy roads, a few steps, only for the competent skater. A cycle path map would be handy.
Edinburgh West, Cramond Esplanade Easy Esplanade off Marine Drive, mainly flat and smooth, some rough patches, steep hill access/exit at Silverknowes. Recently extended smooth surface. Highly Recommended.  Approx 2½ miles from Cramond to Granton  TrySkating learn-to-skate lessons available here by arrangement.
Edinburgh East, Portobello Easy Smooth surface, some cobbles, slight gradient, can be busy and windy.
Edinburgh Central, Victoria Park Very Easy Off Ferry Road. An ideal venue for the first-time beginner. Easy access. Recommended. TrySkating learn-to-skate lessons held here.
Edinburgh - Various Routes Variable Dave Henniker's videos show you skating possibilities throughout the city.
Falkirk -Grangemouth Very Easy The Helix. New skating area beside the 'Kelpies'. Good smooth tarmac ideal for skating. Mainly flat, skater-friendly venue, highly recommended. Can be busy at weekends.
Glasgow, Arc Sports Hall, Cale Uni.  G4 0BA Very Easy Indoor skating for all on Sunday mornings from 10.00am. Drop in session, new skaters welcome. Learn to skate. Try the Lap-Ladder. Play Rollerhoc.
Glasgow East, Glasgow Green Mostly Easy 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.
Glasgow East, Hogganfield Loch Very Easy 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.
Glasgow East, Tollcross Park Easy Some paths suitable for beginners.
Glasgow South, Bellahouston Park Very Easy to Difficult 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. Facilities at the Bellahouston Leisure Centre.
Glasgow West, Kelvingrove Park Easy to Difficult Mainly good surfaces, a bit hilly, skate park. Smaller skating area but in the heart of the West End!
Glasgow West, Victoria Park Gardens Easy Suitable for beginners, flat variable surfaces, narrow pathways, can get very busy.
Glasgow East using Cycle Route 75 Easy Follow cycle route 75 from Glasgow Green. Some parts very rough, some very smooth. Avoid tree roots by starting from Dalmarnock Road.
Greenock Esplanade Easy Mostly flat, a hill at one end, reasonable surfaces. Easy access. Can be windy.
Huntly Nordic & Outdoor Centre Easy Britain's only purpose-built all-weather facility for cross-country skiing and rollerskiing, providing tuition at all levels from novice to elite. 
Irvine Easy Smooth paths near the Magnum Centre and around the boating pond.
Irvine to Prestwick using cycle path 7 Easy to Difficult. A Challenge. Take care when crossing railway lines and on gritty pavement beside the busy road. Some rough surfaces.
Kilmacolm towards Johnstone Easy Undulating terrain, upgraded smooth surfaces. Good "off the road" skating. Possible to skate to Lochwinnoch. Recommended.
Kilmarnock to Irvine Easy Using cycle track 73. Smooth flat surface from Kilmarnock to Springside, thereafter surfaces become rougher and narrower. Occasional hill.
Largs Esplanade Easy 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.
Limekilns Easy Promenade suitable for beginners.
Lochwinnoch Loop Easy Steep start/finish hill. Good "off the road" skating slight undulating terrain. Skater friendly pathway. Recommended.
Lochwinnoch Loop to Bellahouston Park Easy to Difficult. A Challenge. Use Cycle Routes. Must be capable of stopping on public roads, cope with rough surfaces, steep hills and crossing busy roads.
Monifieth to Carnoustie cycle path Easy to Difficult Ability to stop is necessary on this cycle pathway, cope with some rough surfaces and hills.
Montrose Easy Skate anywhere, the town is flat. Recommended.
Motherwell, Duchess Park Easy Best for beginners.
Newton Mearns to Fenwick using the A77 cycle path Easy Smooth surfaces with rough patches. Some sections spoiled by grit on the pathway. More suited to big wheel skates. A good skate with a following wind.
Newtonmore to Kingussie Easy 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.
Perth, North Inch Park Easy 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
Prestwick Esplanade Easy Smooth surface, some paving, slight gradient. Can be windy. Recommended. Easy access.
St. Andrews to Guardbridge cycle path Easy Good skating. Unless competent don't skate on the very small pavement section that runs beside the A91, turn and come back.
Seamill (West Kilbride) to Ardrossan Easy 2½ miles of flat tarmac on the cycle path alongside coast road.  Some kerbs (car park entrances).  Two car parks on the shore side of the track.  Parking on verge possible almost anywhere alongside the track.  Can be windy.
Troon Easy Skate anywhere, the town is flat. Recommended. TrySkating learn-to-skate lessons available here by arrangement.

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.


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