Cruise to Glasgow
Cruise to Glasgow
Begin your canal boat holiday by cruising to the magnificent city of Glasgow, home of culture and art.
The Forth & Clyde canal is approximately 35 miles long (57km) with 40 locks to negotiate along the way. You should allocate a minimum of 21 hours to cruise this passage.
If you do choose to head west first, start your trip at The Falkirk Wheel and continue through the locks to the village of Bonnybridge, the UFO capital of the world! Continue on your journey to the centre of Glasgow where you can moor up and soak up the brilliant atmosphere on foot. Glasgow offer some fantastic eateries and superb shopping. You could sample the Culture and Art at The Burrell collection or visit some of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s architecture and art which can be seen and found all over the city.
If this all sounds a bit too strenuous, travel further afield to Loch Lomond and discover the natural peace and tranquility it brings. There are plenty of public transport options from the city centre.
The Forth & Clyde Canal links the Irish Sea with the North Sea running from Bowling on the Clyde estuary. Continue onwards onto the sea at Bowling basin which is connected to the River Clyde on the Sea lock. This section does need to be completed in one day so please leave time to prepare in advance. You will be escorted along this section from the wonderful staff at Scottish Canals as they open the locks and road bridges on your behalf.
A Forth and Clyde canal boating holiday can be magical as many regard the canal between Falkirk and Kirkintilloch as one of the most attractive stretches of the Scottish Lowland Canals system.
Crossing from one side of Scotland to the other, this sea to sea canal is used by many yachts to get to and from the west coats and is much wider than the Union.