Glasgow to Kirkintilloch

A flat, traffic-free cycle route from the busy city of Glasgow through surprisingly tranquil countryside to the canal-side town of Kirkintilloch. Perfect for a family outing and with the turn-point option of the Stables Pub. The route is National Cycle network 754.

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: Kirkintilloch.

Distance: 15km / 9 miles

Elevation gain: Mostly negligible

Return: Return the same route by bike or travel by train from nearby Lenzie or Bishopbriggs railway stations.

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

Bikes: Hybrid and mountain bikes.


  •  Picturesque countryside so close to busy city and towns
  • Access to connecting walk and cycle ways
  • Varied wildlife
  • Welcoming pub
  • Straightforward out-and-back family cycling

Cycling options:

  •  Start from a number of other places, such as Stockingfield Junction, accessed from Maryhill, Glasgow.
  • Extend the bike ride past Kirkintilloch to reach The Falkirk Wheel.


  • Ocho on the Canal licensed bar diner at Speirs Wharf, Glasgow
  • Bike shop Bike Love on Garscube Road between Speirs Wharf and Stockingfield Junction
  • The Stables pub