This is a fantastic route which links Edinburgh, Glasgow and Portavadie on the Cowal peninsula.
Route 75 travels between Edinburgh and Glasgow on disused railways and riverside and canal towpaths. Most of this section has easy gradients, making it suitable for families and novices.
If you begin in Edinburgh we recommend spending some time in this fascinating city before you leave. From the medieval turrets and spires of the Old Town to the elegant Georgian New Town it combines a rich cultural heritage with stunning new developments. There are plenty of interesting museums and galleries to keep you occupied including the National Museum of Scotland and the Writers Museum.
Leaving Edinburgh the route passes through Livingston and then follows a railway path from Bathgate to Airdrie. The route passes Coatbridge and after Uddingston it follows the River Clyde into the centre of Glasgow. Once a prosperous shipbuilding city Glasgow is now famed for its great museums, thriving music scene, and fantastic Victorian and art nouveau architecture. It’s home to the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and the National Theatre of Scotland.
From Glasgow to Johnstone Route 75 shares a stretch of National Route 7 (Lochs and Glens South section) leaving Glasgow to the southwest through Pollock Park and Paisley. From Johnstone National Route 75 again exists in its own right, heading for Port Glasgow and Greenock.
Arriving in Gourock you have the option to take the ferry across the Firth of Clyde to Dunoon on the Cowal Penninsula. At Dunoon, Route 75 travels on road across the Cowal peninsula to the Portavadie ferry terminal. From here take another ferry service to link up with Route 78, The Caledonia Way.
Along Route 75 you’ll have the opportunity to admire Scotland’s gorgeous landscapes. You pass two nature reserves: Bogburn Flood Lagoons Nature Reserve and Blawthorn Moss National Nature Reserve. You’ll travel along tranquil canalside trails, disused railway paths and through two of Scotland’s most important cities. Both are a delight to visit.
In contrast, your end destination of Portavadie is a small village on the shores of Loch Fyne. Portavadie is a great place for people who love to be outdoors in nature. It’s a fantastic base for activities such as walking, kayaking, sailing and cycling. The nearby country roads and forest tracks are fantastic for cycling and mountain biking. If you’re lucky you may spot deer, buzzards, otters, golden eagles or red squirrels while you’re out around Portavadie.
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.