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You can do this route from :
Falkirk Wharf.

Falkirk Wharf



Glasgow is one of Europe's most exciting destinations, combining the energy and sophistication of a great international city with some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery. All the locks are manned by Canal staff so a very easy route.

The marina is adjacent to the magnificent Falkirk Wheel visitor centre.
The Falkirk Wheel is one of Scotland's top tourist destinations and attracts visitors from all across the World.

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Recommended Holiday
Duration : 3 nights.

Total Cruising Days : 4.00
(Partial or full days)

Total Cruising Time : 17.50 hours

Total Distance : 45.00 miles

Number of Locks : 10

Number of Tunnels : 0

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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Read our cruising notes to help you plan your canal boat holiday

Read our cruising notes.






Cruising Notes

The Scottish Lowland Canals are quite different from the canals typical of England and Wales.

The Forth & Clyde Canal is much wider than the average English canal.
British Waterways staff currently operate all of the locks and bridges and boaters are not allowed to operate the locks themselves, although help is happily accepted.
Between Falkirk and Glasgow there are 4 locks and 3 road bridges.

Day 1

Get to the marina by about 1.30pm so that you will get the 1st 4 locks done on the Forth and Clyde Canal before the evening, the British waterways staff will see you through Bonnybridge road lift bridge and locks 17 to 20. You therefore need to contact British Waterways (0845 676 6000) about a week before leaving home to let them know your plans. At lock 20 let the British Waterways staff know where you intend to stop for the night, what time you plan to leave the following morning and how far you intend to go that day.

Day 2

The locks are well spaced out so boaters can enjoy some of the finest views on offer with sizable hills, moorland and woodland providing a very quiet backdrop to savour . You are then on the summit reach with no more locks between here and Glasgow, but there are two more bridges.

At Kirkintilloch it is an ideal place to stock up on provisions before the final section on the run to Glasgow, the canal passes directly through the centre of town which gives easy access to all its amenities.

The canal travels adjacent to the Possil Loch Nature Reserve as it keeps the sprawl of Glasgow to the south, and it is easy to relax and absorb the beauty of the surrounding lowlands and the profusion of nature within sight and earshot of the canal.

To go into Glasgow you need to take the left fork when the canal splits at Stockingfield Junction.

Down the Glasgow branch you can either moor at British Waterways headquarters at Applecross Street or if you are going to arrive before 5.00pm you can go down to Spiers Wharf.
However, you need to have phoned 0845 676 6000 at least an hour in advance to get the Bascule Bridge opened for you at Applecross Street.
If you are going beyond Glasgow to Bowling you need to contact British Waterways (0845 6766000) the day before you plan to make this passage.

There is no shortage of ways to spend time in Glasgow, once Europe’s city of culture, a large amount of money has been spent redeveloping the city centre and old brownfield sites. There are numerous museums, parks, golf courses, shopping centres and restaurants in and around Glasgow and much of the city centre activities are within walking distance of moorings at Spiers Wharf.

Day 3
Day 4
return to the marina at Falkirk


NB: This route has been provided as a guide only. Information may become inaccurate or out of date. You should always check with the marina that the route is possible within your time frame, current weather conditions and canal stoppages etc.


The following boats operate on this route (subject to availability)
Cactus Wren Canal Boat
Class : Wren
(Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Bay Wren Canal Boat
Class : Wren
(Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Sky Lark Canal Boat
Class : Lark
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Lochan Ora Canal Boat
Class : Spirit
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Atholl Brose Canal Boat
Class : Spirit
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Desert Lark Canal Boat
Class : Lark
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Green Sandpiper Canal Boat
Class : Sandpiper
(Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Sanderling Canal Boat
Class : Sanderling
(Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Scotch Mist Canal Boat
Class : Mist
(Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).


Maps and Guides

Pub Guide

Pubs available on this canal route:-

  Pub Name Pub Address Distance from Falkirk More Info
The Wheelhouse Millennium Wheel Drive, Falkirk FK1 4AD 0.57 Miles Full Details
Goose 25 Upper Newmarket, Falkirk FK1 1JH 1.91 Miles Full Details
Carron Works Carron Works Bank Street, Falkirk FK1 1NB 1.98 Miles Full Details
Castlecary House Hotel Castlecary Road, Cumbernauld G68 0HD 4.57 Miles Full Details
The Boathouse Auchinstarry Marina G65 9SG 8.72 Miles Full Details
The Kirky Puffer 1 Townhead, Kirkintilloch G66 1NG 13.11 Miles Full Details
The Stables Glasgow Bridge, Kirkintilloch G66 1RH 14.50 Miles Full Details
The Counting House 2 St Vincent Place, Glasgow G1 2DH 18.83 Miles Full Details
The Curlers Rest 256 Byres Road, Glasgow G12 8SH 19.76 Miles Full Details
Lock 27 1100 Crow Road, Glasgow G13 1JT 20.18 Miles Full Details
The Glen Lusset 67 Dumbarton Road, Old Kilpatrick G60 5DA 24.71 Miles Full Details

NB: Distances are as the crow flies and will vary for actual canal boating travel distance.


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The information above is provided in good faith to assist you with planning your canal boat holiday. Information accuracy cannot be guaranteed, however, if you do see something that needs updating, please don't hesitate to contact us.