Forth and Clyde Canal

Forth and Clyde Canal

Forth and Clyde Canal

The Canal connects the Firth of Clyde and the Firth of Forth, crossing the Scottish Lowlands at their narrowest point, with the Union Canal providing the onward leg to Edinburgh. Originally connected by a series of locks, the canals now link via the magnificent Falkirk Wheel, a rotating boat-lift which transports boats - still afloat - between the two waterways. Walkers owe the route’s existence, and the spectacle of the Falkirk Wheel, to a major regeneration project as part of the Millennium celebrations which transformed the ailing industrial canals into scenic recreational routes and thriving wildlife corridors.

Points of interest

Thomas Muir Heritage Trail
18km in length running from Clachan of Campsie by Lennoxtown to Huntershill, Bishopbriggs, the route offers a great walking or cycling experience.
The Auld Kirk Museum
Kirkintilloch houses one of Scotland's smallest 4-star visitor attractions – the Auld Kirk Museum.
Mugdock Country Park
Large country park with historic buildings, lochs, ponds, woodland and hills with restaurant, shop and business facilities.
Merkland Local Nature Reserve
Merkland is a mosaic of woodland, wetland and grassland with open water and burns developed on a former colliery site.
Loch Ardinning Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve
Loch Ardinning is a visitor-friendly wildlife haven with 142 hectares of varied habitat, including wetland, woodland, grassland and moorland. The loch itself supports a number of wintering and breeding wildfowl and is rich in invertebrate life.
Lenzie Railway Station
Lenzie Moss Local Nature Reserve
Visit in summer to enjoy the range of butterflies and dragonflies.
Kirkintilloch Town Centre
Kirkintilloch is a historic and strategic town. Latterly it produced internationally-recognised red telephone boxes.
Dunglass Hill
This volcanic plug sits right beside the path near Strathblane and although not as high as the nearby Campsie Fells, is still worth a quick ascent to catch the view of the surrounding area.
Dumbreck Local Nature Reserve
The Marsh is an open area of countryside, including ponds and large areas of grassland.
Cort-ma Law, Campsie Fells
A popular walk to a well-loved summit above Lennoxtown via the Crow Road car park.
Colzium Estate
Visitors can explore the many trails and splendid gardens, and also view the castle ruins on the estate.
Bar Hill
The highest fort on the Antonine Wall, containing the foundations of the headquarters building and bath-house.


Wheelcraft - Bike Servicing and Parts
West Highland Wheels - Bike Hire
Providing mobile bike hire services in Milngavie, Drymen, Balloch, Strathblane & Kilsyth, including one-way hire. 07031985411
The Tea Room at the Twechar Healthy Living Centre
The Tea Room sits within the Healthy Living and Enterprise Centre, offering homemade soups and baking as well a hearty meal or a snack.
Kilsyth's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.
Cycle Wize Parts and Servicing
0141 775 3722
Campsie Glen Gallery and Coffee Shop
01360 313049



01236 823216

The Boat House

01236 807480

Stoury Bothy

07789 551707

Spotty Dog Campsite

This site has been specifically setup for walkers doing the John Muir way. The hosts ARE animal friendly, have toilets on site, fresh water is supplied, they have a rainwater pot wash, fire pits, Undercover cooking area and a small shop. Booking is essential as their campsite is small and has a limited amount of pitches. PRICES are from £6.50per person.


01360 771771

KINCAID HOUSE HOTEL, Milton of Campsie.

0141 776 2226


01360 310790

Finglen House B&B

01360 310279


01236 821649