Cycling along the Forth & Clyde Canal

Cycling the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath has never been easier or safer, and it's the perfect way to keep the whole family fit and healthy.

There's nothing quite as invigorating or stress relieving as getting on a bike and cycling through miles of beautiful countryside. The 35 miles of towpath has been restored with the cyclist in mind - it's safe, traffic free, pollution free and an ideal route for cyclists of all levels.

Sustrans Route 754 follows the canal towpath from Bowling to Edinburgh, so you can cycle across Scotland. The towpath between Dalmuir and Bowling forms part of the scenic Glasgow to Loch Lomond cycleway.

Buy the NCN Forth & Clyde Cycle Route map from Sustrans or view their online mapping here.

Or you can click on the icons on our interactive map below for some great cycle route ideas:


Safe cycling

  • Alert walkers by ringing your bell and always give way to walkers.
  • The towpath is often only 1m wide, and can be wet and uneven. Take extra care. It is being upgraded and widened in sections.
  • Dismount at all road crossings, bridges, aqueducts and blind bends and at canal weirs, including cobbled weirs.
  • Do not speed, speed causes accidents!

Check our Canal Works & Boater's Updates page for details of current works along the Forth & Clyde Canal.

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