Kilsyth to Falkirk

Kilsyth to Falkirk

Kilsyth to Falkirk
East of Kilsyth the trail meets the Forth and Clyde Canal, which in John Muir’s time provided a busy shipping link between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde. Now the canals are cherished places to enjoy quiet fishing, cycling or just messing about on the water. If you’d like to relax and watch some wildlife, try visiting nearby Dumbreck Marsh, or if industrial heritage floats your boat, float off on the Falkirk Wheel which transports shipping from one canal to another.

Path Quality

The route follows good grass footpaths and towpaths along the canals.

Auchinstarry Canal Basin, Croy Station and Kilsyth Public Swimming Pool all have toilets for public use.

 

Overview

Key things to note about this route section.

Distance
13 miles 20.5 km
Average time to complete
5 hours' walking, 2.5 hours' cycling

Points of interest

VisitScotland Information Centre
Scotland's national tourism operator's centre.
The Helix
The Helix has transformed almost 300 hectares, offering events, walks and new cycleways near the 30m-high landmark sculptures The Kelpies.
Polmonthill Ski Centre
It boasts a 100m-long artificial ski slope and a 20m-long nursery slope. Both slopes are floodlit and offer year-round, all-weather skiing and snowboarding. The main slope has a sprinkler system and button ski-tow.
Glen Farm Ice Cream
Falkirk's latest artisan ice-cream parlour and cafe in a fine country estate setting.
Falkirk Wheel
Joining two canals across Scotland, the Falkirk Wheel is one of Scotland's top tourist destinations and attracts visitors from all across the world.
Falkirk Town Centre
Falkirk is an area steeped in history with a wealth of attractions, including the world's only rotating boat-lift, a steam railway line, a baronial mansion, a castle, museums, galleries and superb parks and gardens.
Falkirk High Railway Station
Falkirk Grahamston Station
Croy Railway Station
Colzium Estate
Visitors can explore the many trails and splendid gardens, and also view the castle ruins on the estate.
Camelon Railway Station
Callendar Park and House
Callendar House dates from the 14th century. It is set in the nationally-important historic designed landscape of Callendar Park, which also contains a section of the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site. Visit the Georgian kitchen and enjoy a break in the welcoming tearoom.
Callendar Estate Cycle Trails
At Callendar Estate there is a network of single-track mountain bike trails to complement the walking and horse-riding routes already available. There are easy family-friendly routes through attractive woodland.
Bonnyfield Nature Park LNR
Local Nature Reserve with mixed woodland, ponds and a wide range of wildlife.
Bantaskine Estate Park
A great area for walks and runs, with walled gardens, picnic space and superb views of rolling hills and rivers.
Antonine Wall
For a generation the Antonine Wall was the north-western frontier of the Roman Empire, running for 60km from modern Old Kilpatrick on the north side of the River Clyde to Bo'ness on the Firth of Forth.

Facilities

THE BIKE & SKI CLINIC
01324 718700
Kilsyth's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.
John Muir Way Baggage Transfer Service
Falkirk's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.
Crumbs Take Away, Banknock
01324 841144
Bonnybridge's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.
Body and Soul - Professional Massage
Just 10 minutes walk off the Antonine Wall takes you into Dullatur where you can reward your feet with a Thai Foot Massage or relax with Swedish massage from Shellagh Bryce. Special offers for JMW users.
Balti Towers Take Away, Banknock
01324 841842

Accommodation

THE WISHING WELL GUEST HOUSE

07754 801202

THE ORCHARD HOTEL BISTRO

01324 624567

THE GLENSKIRLIE HOUSE & CASTLE, Banknock

01324 840201

Spoke'n'Boot Camping Pods

Camping pods a short distance from the John Muir Way near Falkirk.

PREMIER INN

0870 1977098

PARKMORE GUEST HOUSE

01324 633 437

OAKLANDS B&B

01324 610671

MACDONALD INCHYRA HOTEL & SPA

01324 711911

LISMORE HOUSE B&B

01324 720929

GRAEME HOTEL

01324 628576

Falkirk's Hotel and B&B Accommodation
DARROCH HOUSE B&B

01324 623041

COACHMAN HOTEL

01236 821649

CASTLECARY HOUSE HOTEL

01324 840233

Bonnybridge's Hotel and B&B Accommodation
BEST WESTERN PARK HOTEL

08457 76 76 76

BALGOWNIE B&B

01324 626528

ASHBANK

07963 885931

ANTONINE WALL COTTAGES

01324 876897

Allanfauld Farm

Allanfauld is a working beef and sheep farm which has been run by the MacGregor family since 1926. With a young family of five, Libby MacGregor set up the bed & breakfast business more than 20 years ago – she aims to provide a homely, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere for guests, delivering a comfortable stay, with a quality home-cooked breakfast.

Three rooms are available within the farmhouse, and a self contained luxury wooden house situated in the garden, which sleeps 2-3 people.