Forth and Clyde

Cycle across Scotland from Gourock on the Firth of Clyde to the spectacular city of Edinburgh on the Union and the Forth and Clyde Canals.

Starting at Gourock, a port on the Firth of Clyde, this route follows a predominantly traffic-free route into Glasgow via Paisley. Reaching Bells Bridge in Glasgow city centre a traffic-free path along the Clyde marks a safe route out towards the countryside. Just west of Glasgow, the route picks up the Airdrie to Bathgate Railway Path. Cycling into Edinburgh, the route follows traffic-free sections along the Water of Leith Walkway and Union Canal Towpath. Numerous points of interest include Edinburgh Castle, the Forth Bridges and Glasgow's museums and industrial heritage.

Another traffic-free route leads from Glasgow out to Dumbarton and the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, or alternatively, you can head south to Ardrossan and take the ferry to the Isle of Arran. Route 754 of the National Cycle Network follows the Union Canal providing an alternative traffic-free link between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Alternatively, travel west by ferry from Gourock to Dunoon where Route 75 of the National Cycle Network follows single track roads across the Cowal peninsula to the Portavadie ferry terminal. From here take another ferry service to link up with the Oban to Campbeltown route on the Kintyre peninsula. 

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Please note

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.

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