Glasgow Waterways Loop

Route Details

  • Distance: 6 miles
  • Time needed: 1-2 hours
  • Classification: Easy
  • Type: Traffic-free, mixed surface
  • National Route: 754
  • Cycle hire: Various cycle hire shops in Glasgow
  • Access: Trains stations in Glasgow city centre. Maryhill and Kelvindale stations in North Glasgow.

Route Description

Starting at Spiers Wharf in the historic Port Dundas area north of the city centre, travel north along the tow path past Partick Thistle Stadium on your left followed by Ruchill Park on the opposite bank on your right.

At the Stockingfield canal junction the route joins the Forth and Clyde Canal; simply bear left along the southern banks of the canal towards the iconic Maryhill Locks.

Immediately after the fourth ovular shaped lock (and just before you reach the Kelvin Aquaduct) is a zig-zag ramp on your left, down to the River Kelvin Cycleway. At the end of the ramp, turn left (south) along the cycleway towards Glasgow Botanic Gardens and Kelvingrove Park.

Continue along the cycleway until Hillhead, about a mile after the Botanic Gardens. About 50 metres after the Great Western Road Bridge (Kelvin Bridge) is a walkway on your left towards Kelvingbridge SPT subway station. Cycle through the station carpark, past the entrance to the subway station and turn left on South Woodside Road (becoming North Woodside Road as you cycle under the Kelvin Bridge).

Continue along North Woodside Road until it becomes Braid Street, just after St Georges Road. Take a right at Braid Square follwed by a left immediately after the North Woodside Leisure Centre.

Join the cycle path at the south east corner of Braid Square continuing over Garscube Road via the cycle bridge. Foolow the path eastwards towards Spiers Wharf and the end of your journey.

Find out more about our other local traffic-free routes.

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Towpath Code

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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A short circular ride around some of Glasgow's historic waterways including the Forth and Clyde Canal, The Glasgow City Branch Canal and the River Kelvin.  During the 19th Century, the Forth and Clyde Canal was a vital trade route between the East and West Coast of Scotland; canal barges carried much needed goods to the towns and cities along the Central Belt.  

6 miles