Paisley and Clyde Railway Path

Starting at Paisley you’ll pass the town of Johnstone, where National Routes 7 and 75 separate, and then cross attractive open country on railway path between the Bridge of Weir and Kilmacolm, before reaching Port Glasgow and Greenock on the Firth of Clyde. Ferries ply between Gourock and Dunoon, a gateway to the Cowal Peninsula area of the Loch Lomond, and the Trossachs National Park. There are some steep gradients in Port Glasgow and Greenock.

National Routes 7 and 75 run together from Paisley to Johnstone, where the route junction is marked by a large, multi-coloured sculpture. National Route 75 is also known as the Clyde to Forth Cycle Route, as it runs from Edinburgh to Gourock.

The cycleway and footpath mostly follows the lines of the former railways and starts at Paisley Canal railway station and ends in Gourock at the railway station and ferry terminal. Along the way it passes the town of Johnstone and crosses attractive open country between Bridge of Weir and Kilmacolm, before reaching Port Glasgow, Greenock and Gourock on the Firth of Clyde. Ferries ply between Gourock and Dunoon, a gateway to the Cowal Peninsula area of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. 

The route is mainly traffic-free apart from short sections through Elderslie and Kilmacolm and longer sections in Port Glasgow and Greenock, where there are also some steep gradients. There is wheelchair access to the whole route.

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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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