Discover the Forth & Clyde Canal by Bike - 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.

The Union and Forth & Clyde Canals, Route 754 is an entirely traffic-free cycle path from Edinburgh to Glasgow.

At times it runs along the towpath of the Union Canal, a wonderful wildlife corridor and recreational space. Along the route, you’ll pass interesting sights on the canal such as the Falkirk Wheel, a rotating boat lift.

Bike hire on the canals

See all the bike hire options to get kitted out for a pedal along the canals


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.

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.
  • Tandem bike users – please be aware that you will need to dismount and lift your bike through the gates, as they are not wide enough to cycle through.
  • Do not speed, speed causes accidents!

Further information


Falkirk, Glasgow, Edinburgh
Forth & Clyde Canal

Opening Hours

Access all year



Useful information

The canal towpaths are mixed-use routes and are enjoyed by a variety of users including walkers, anglers, cyclists, horse-riders, users with disabilities, portaging canoeists and maintenance vehicles.