This almost entirely traffic-free route follows former railway lines and canal towpaths to take you from the heart of Glasgow to beautiful Loch Lomond.
The route starts at Bell’s Bridge close to the Glasgow Science Centre. Heading west along the River Clyde, the route passes The Tall Ship before heading away from the river’s edge. After passing close to the docks of Clydebank, the route joins the towpath of the Forth and Clyde Canal.
The route takes you through Scotland’s stunning landscapes on your way to Dumbarton. While there you can visit the impressive castle, situated atop a plug of volcanic basalt, 240 feet high, known as Dumbarton Rock. As a child, Mary Queen of Scots hid in the castle, which has the longest recorded history of any British castle, dating back to 450AD.
Once you see moored boats you’re near the journey’s end at Balloch, and from here visitors can visit Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s natural highlights. At Loch Lomond Shores, you’ll find the Sea Life Centre, shops, cafes and a wealth of leisure activities.
You can visit the historic steamship Maid of the Loch, Loch Lomond's Paddle Steamer, or continue on into the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park, where there are endless activities to undertake throughout the 720 square miles of beautiful mountains, glens and lochs.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.
To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code