Route 754

A dedicated page lists any major route closures and diversions for the National Cycle Network in Scotland.

Route Details

  • Distance: 56 miles
  • Type: Traffic free path

Route Description

Route 754 runs across central Scotland from Edinburgh to Glasgow and is entirely traffic-free. It runs from Fountainbridge, near the centre of Edinburgh on the towpath of the Union Canal, through the towns of Broxburn, Linlithgow and Falkirk.

Please note - it’s particularly easy to get your route-finding wrong at Stockingfield canal junction near Maryhill, Glasgow. If not paying attention you may completely miss that you are at a canal junction, and continue alongside the water not realising that you’ve joined a different section of canal. In particular, to continue east you need to leave the canal, passing through a short tunnel (on road), and climb back to the towpath on the other side. If travelling toward Glasgow from Falkirk you won’t so easily miss the junction.

It links with the Forth & Clyde Canal at the Falkirk Wheel, a rotating boat lift that was built in 2000. The Wheel replaces the original flight of locks that linked the two canals, but were removed when the canal fell into disuse. Now enjoying a revival, the canals provide a wonderful wildlife corridor and recreational space. From the Falkirk Wheel, Route 754 continues along the canal towpath through Kirkintilloch, the northern suburbs of Glasgow and the town of Clydebank, ending at the Bowling Basin, where the canal joins the River Clyde.

Things to see and do

  • Falkirk Wheel
  • Bowling Basin

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Other routes

Substantial sections of National Route 754 uses the same paths as the John Muir Way, a long distance route for cycling and walking between Dunbar and Helensburgh. More details are available here.

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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This route starts on Route 7 and uses the towpath of the Forth and Clyde canal from Bowling, through north Glasgow, to the Falkirk Wheel; and then the Union Canal towpath (joining Route 75) into the heart of Edinburgh.