GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Glasgow to Edinburgh

66 miles (106 km)

This is the complete route from Glasgow to Edinburgh along the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Union Canal. The route follows National Cycle Network Routes 7, 75 and 754 so is well signed throughout. It follows the towpath of these two major canals and is traffic free for the duration so it is also suitable for walkers. The route runs for a distance of about 66 miles so it is possible to complete it in one day if you have a good level of fitness.
You start at the Bowling Basin and head through Clydebank, Kirkintilloch, Falkirk and Linlithgow to the finish point in the centre of Edinburgh.
There's beautiful countryside, nature reserves, country parks, rivers and spectacular aqueducts to enjoy as you make your way across central Scotland. Route highlights include the four-arched 120 metre long Kelvin Aqueduct and the Kelvin Walkway in Glasgow.
On the outskirts of Falkirk you'll come to the famous Falkirk Wheel. The rotatingboat lift connects theForth and Clyde Canalwith theUnion Canal lifting boats from the basin to the aqueduct 24 metres above. In Linlithgow you'll pass the splendid Beecraigs Country Park which has miles of woodland cycling and walking trails.

Glasgow to Edinburgh OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Glasgow to Edinburgh Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just south of Falkirk there's the lovely Callendar Park. The 14th century French chateau styled house is surrounded by lovely parkland and woodland with a fascinating museum and a Roman Antonine Wall to see.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Union Canal, Craigton. - geograph.org.uk - 58834

Union Canal, Craigton. The canal, always faithful to its contour (no locks) winds along through West Lothian. Here for a while its route is shared with the M9 and Glasgow to Edinburgh railway. View westward, showing some arable land which along with woods make up this square.

First and last basin, Union Canal - geograph.org.uk - 1464450

First and last basin, Union Canal. The basin above the Falkirk Wheel, with a view of the plain by the Forth and Ochil Hills.

Almondell - geograph.org.uk - 893066

Almondell. The cycle route (NCN75) runs towards Camps Viaduct between the Union Canal feeder and the River Almond.

Slateford Aqueduct - geograph.org.uk - 33421

Slateford Aqueduct. The western end of the viaduct on the Union Canal seen from the towpath.

Union Canal, Niddry. - geograph.org.uk - 46012

Union Canal, Niddry.

Forth and Clyde Canal - geograph.org.uk - 1460327

Forth and Clyde Canal between Longcroft and Greenhills.

Forth and Clyde Canal - geograph.org.uk - 1470992

Forth and Clyde Canal. The notes for this square point out that this has some of the densest concentration of transport infrastructure in Britain, so it is a bit of surprise to find such a tranquil looking rural scene.

Forth and Clyde Canal - geograph.org.uk - 1469795

Cyclist on the Forth and Clyde Canal. The towpath carries a long established cycle path from Glasgow to Balloch. Approaching the Erskine Bridge along a well wooded section of the canal.

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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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