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Forth and Clyde

National Route 75    NCN 754

Route: Gourock via Glasgow to Edinburgh, plus link routes to Portavadie (Cowal peninsula), Loch Lomond, Ardrossan & Kilmarnock, Musselburgh and the Forth Bridge

Distance: 93 miles. Map shows 342.5 miles of route, of which 267 are traffic-free.

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 newly constructed Aidrie 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 head south to Ardrossan and 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. For more information about Scottish ferrys visit the Caledonian MacBrayne website or find ferry saling times onthe Transport Direct website.

Women cyclists on Airdrie to Bathgate Path Fruit Salad scuplture by Sarah Nevill


Maps for this route: Edinburgh, Stirling & the Forth Cycle Map (40), Glasgow, Stirling & the Clyde Cycle Map (41)

Links to the Lochs & Glens South, the Lochs & Glens North, the Round the Forth, the Coast & Castles South, the Coast and Castles North and the Oban to Campbeltown cycle routes.

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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.

93 miles