Route 754 is part of the award winning National Cycle Route, operated by Sustrans, it follows the Forth & Clyde Canal going West form Port Dundas to Bowling or East to Falkirk, then follows the Union canal to Edinburgh.
The reason for this website is to give a detailed account of the route, giving information on facilities along the way.
Route 754 is perfect for the inexperienced cyclist, the majority of the route is flat, and you’re never too far from civilisation.
If starting from the city centre, join the route at Port Dundas at Spiers Wharf.
Follow the canal path on the left side of the canal, heading away from the city centre (the route is really well signed).
The canal path takes you past Firhill Stadium, then on to Stockingfield Junction, at this point the route splits, you can either follow the path to Bowling, via Maryhill, Anniesland, Drumry, Clydebank, and Erskine or cross the canal by cycling under the bridge to continue East to Edinburgh, via Lambhill, Bishopbriggs, Kirkintilloch, Kilsyth, Twechar, Auchinstarry Marina, Bonnybridge, Falkirk (passing the Falkirk Wheel) and Grangemouth.
After crossing the River Avon, with fine views of the Bathgate Hills to the south, you reach Linlithgow where there is a boating centre. Continuing towards Edinburgh, look out for the steps up to the magnificent Edinburgh International Climbing Arena in Ratho where you can sit in the café and watch the climbers, or have a go yourself!
You enter Edinburgh through Wester Hailes where the canal was infilled, but was reopened as part of the Millennium project. At Slateford, you join Route 75 which follows the canal for another 2.5 miles to its end at Edinburgh Quay at Fountainbridge. Continue on Route 75 for another mile to reach the Meadows and the centre of Edinburgh.