13 miles, 20.8 km
Average time to complete:
5 hours' walking, 2.5 hours' cycling


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.


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.

Getting There

By rail: the route can be accessed at the Kilsyth end from Croy train station, 1km from the trail. Falkirk High station sits right on the trail by the Union Canal.

By bus: the 88C bus service links Kilsyth, Kirkintilloch and Lennoxtown. Falkirk is well served by a number of bus routes including the 35 service that runs between Falkirk and Kilsyth/Croy.

By car: parking is available at the western end of this section at Auchinstarry Marina. Around Falkirk, there is a huge car park at the Falkirk Wheel and more options in the town centre, including a small car park at Drossie Road beside the trail.

Points of interest

The Helix & Kelpies

The Helix has transformed almost 300 hectares, offering events, walks and new cycleways near the 30m-high landmark sculptures The Kelpies.

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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.

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Falkirk Town Centre

There's more to Falkirk than the Kelpies and the Wheel! The town is steeped in history and boasts superb parks & gardens and a good selection of bistros & cafes.

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Colzium Estate

Visitors can explore the many trails and splendid gardens, and also view the castle ruins on the estate.

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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.

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Bonnyfield Nature Reserve

Local Nature Reserve with mixed woodland, ponds and a wide range of wildlife.

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Bantaskine Estate Park

A great area for walks and runs, with walled gardens, picnic space and superb views of rolling hills and rivers.

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Croy Hill

Site of an ancient Roman fort, fortlet and camp on the Antonine Wall.

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Rough Castle

Walk through the Antonine Wall's best preserved Roman fort

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