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Forth & Clyde / Union Canal Towpath

E Dunbartonshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow, N Lanarkshire, W Dunbartonshire, W Lothian

100 km / 62 miles
A route following the towpaths of the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals from Glasgow through Bonnybridge, Falkirk, Linlithgow, Broxburn and Ratho to Edinburgh.

The unique Falkirk Wheel boat lift bridges the 35 metre vertical gap between the two canals. The World Heritage Site of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh is close to the end of the route.


Path Type: Scotland's Great Trails
Attributes: Scotland's Great Trails
World Heritage Site
Start: NS451735 - Bowling Harbour, W Dunbartonshire View on StreetMap
Finish: NT246728 - Lochrin Basin, Edinburgh View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Scottish Canals - Forth & Clyde and Union Canals Walk Highlands - Scotland's Long Distance Walking Routes Annierak - Union Canal Walk [blog]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External download Union Canal Towpath  (West Lothian Council  - 2008 ) Download


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 64, 65, 66
OS Landranger Active 64, 65, 66
OS Explorer 38, 342, 348, 349, 350
OS Explorer Active 38, 342, 348, 349, 350
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Route Profile:

100.4 km (62.4 miles)
836 m (2,743 ft) ascent
103 m (338 ft)  maximum height

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