This walk follows the River Kelvin from Milngavie to the Glasgow Heliport on the River Clyde. The walk was created to form a 'green link' from the countryside to the parks, museums, galleries and historical/cultural landmarks in Glasgow. The walk runs through Kelvinside, Kelvingrove Park and Yorkhill with fine views of Glasgow University.
The walk links with the Forth and Clyde Canal at the Kelvin Aqueduct so you could enjoy a canalside stroll here too.
At the start of the route there are nice walks to be found around Milngavie Reservoir and Mugdock Country Park.
Kelvin Walkway Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Kelvin Walkway Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Kelvin Walkway OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Kelvin Walkway Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
At Dawsholm Park you'll pass Lock 27 where you'll find a nice canalside pub. There's an outdoor seating area right next to the water with lovely views. It's a great place to stop and relax during the summer months. The pub also has a good menu, a fine looking modern interior and is also dog friendly. You can find it right next to the canal in Anniesland at postcode G13 1JT. You could also leave the canal here and enjoy a stroll around the adjacent Dawsholm Park. The park covers an area of 81.5 acres, and consists mostly of woodland, with some grass and wildflower meadows in the southeast area of the park.
For a classic old pub in the city head to The Old Toll Bar in Kinning Park. This 19th century pub has a wonderfully restored interior with ornate wood panelling, antique photography, decorative mirrors and hand-painted stained glass windows. The place is very friendly and full of character and charm. You can find the pub on the southern side of the river in Kinning Park at 1 Paisley Rd West, with a postcode of G51 1LF for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
At Glasgow cathedral next to the river you could pick up the popular Glasgow Murals Trail which showcases the talent of local artists. Many of the murals are large, wonderful creations covering an entire side of a building. It's an impressive sight and a must do attraction for lovers of art and walking.
Near Milngavie you could take a small detour east to visit the tranquil Bardowie Loch.