GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Forth and Clyde Canal

35 miles (56 km)

Follow the towpath of the Forth and Clyde Canal from Bowling to Falkirk on this super cycling and walking route. The route follows National Cycle Network Routes 7 and 754 so is well signed throughout. At Falkirk you can link up with the Union Canal which will take you into Edinburgh. As such you can cross central Scotland from Glasgow to Edinburgh on traffic free canalside paths.
You start off at the Bowling Basinnear to Bowling train station on the Glasgow suburban line. The path then heads through Clydebank and the outskirts of Glasgow, crossing the four-arched 120 metre long Kelvin Aqueduct and the Kelvin Walkway as you go. From the Aqueduct you continue to the town of Kirkintillochpassing Cadder, Bishopbriggs, a Roman Fort and the pretty Possil Loch on the way.
From Kirkintillochyou continue to the nearby town of Kilsyth, passing along the River Kelvin and Dumbreck Nature Reserve.
The final leg runs from Kilsyth to Falkirk, passing Bonnybridge and the Antonine Wall - a Roman turf and stone fortification bisecting Scotland. On the outskirts of Falkirk you'll come to the Falkirk Wheel - this rotatingboat lift connects theForth and Clyde Canalwith theUnion Canal lifting boats from the basin to the aqueduct 24 metres above. See the video below for a full description of this fascinating tourist attraction.
After the Falkirk Wheel you complete the trip by passing along the canal into Falkirk and finishing at Falkirk train station.
The canal forms part of our Glasgow to Balloch Cycle Route which takes you from the city centre to the banks of Loch Lomond on nice traffic free paths.

Forth and Clyde Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Forth and Clyde Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


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Near the start at Bowling

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Through Clydebank

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Through the outskirts of Glasgow

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Near Kilsyth with mountains in the background

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Lock neat Castlecary

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Canal Lock near Allandale

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Falkirk Wheel

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Into Falkirk

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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Forth and Clyde Canal.mmo (right click - 'Save As')