Glasgow to Bowling

Heading out of the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow you will be surprised by how quickly you find peace and wildlife on the Forth & Clyde Canal. As you cycle towards the sea at Bowling Basin, you'll delight in the beautiful countryside views. This is also the route of the NCN 754 cycleway.

Access: The nearest mainline railway station to the start point at Speirs Wharf is Glasgow Queen Street. You can also travel to Glasgow Central. See If you are driving park in Glasgow at one of many car parks. Please note that bikes are not always allowed on the Subway underground network.

Start: Speirs Wharf (G4) is accessed by following the signs for the Forth and Clyde Canal via Craighall Road or Garscube Road, Glasgow. You will also see the blue signs starting from the back of Cowcaddens Subway Station.

Finish: Bowling Basin, off Dumbarton Road (A82).

Return: Via train from Bowling to Glasgow, or by bike. You could also retrace the route to Westerton Railway Station to Glasgow.

Distance: 20km / 12 miles

Terrain: Flat traffic free path along the Forth & Clyde canal; mix of tarmac, gritted tarmac and some cobblestones.

Bikes: Hybrid and mountain bikes.


  •  Surprisingly tranquil location close to city and towns
  • Iconic industrial heritage landmarks
  • Saltings Local Nature Reserve
  • Fabulous river and sea views at Bowling Basin

Cycling Options:

  •  Start from a number of other places, such as Westerton or Clydebank railway stations.
  • Extend the bike ride past Bowling towards Balloch and picturesque Loch Lomond.


  • Ocho on the Canal licensed bar diner at Speirs Wharf, Glasgow
  • Lock 27 pub
  • Toilets and refreshments in Clydebank Shopping Centre
  • Bike shop Magic Cycles at Bowling Basin