Shown here are both official and unofficial cycle routes to the North East of Glasgow, along with some other suggested links.
NB: Not to scale.
The Forth & Clyde Canal crosses this area, running from Bowling and Glasgow to Falkirk and Grangemouth. At the Falkirk Wheel, you can follow the Union Canal to Linlithgow and Edinburgh.
The Glasgow to Cumbernauld Cycle Route runs parallel to the canal, but a little further south, running mainly on or next to roads. The section between Chryston and Mollinsburn is not recommended and is a bit of a rat-run for motorists avoiding the main A80 dual carriageway.
The Strathkelvin Railway Path runs from Strathblane in the northwest, through Kirkintilloch (although there is at present no signing through the town where the path is not continuous), Bridgend and Moodiesburn, ending in Glenboig. The plan is to continue this route into Coatbridge. There is no path on a short section either side of the M73 motorway, so use the minor roads, but again this is not signed.
The National Cycle Network Route 75 runs across the southern part of this area, meandering through eastern Glasgow, Uddingston, Tannochside and Coatbridge. Once past Airdrie it improves and runs direct to Bathgate. The meandering starts again in Livingston, but after an incredibly steep hill up to Balerno, the route improves on the approach to Edinburgh, where it joins the Water of Leith path. Alternatively leave the route at Livingston and join the Union Canal near the Almond Aqueduct for a flatter route to Edinburgh.