Maryhill Locks, Glasgow, Scotland

This evening, I am recovering after a 10 hour cycle ride along the Forth & Clyde Canal in the West of Scotland. This entailed a trip from Maryhill in Glasgow to the Falkirk Wheel and back. The cycle trail ( tow path) was heavily waterlogged and hence my feet and clothing finished somewhat on the damp side. Nevertheless, a satisfying trip which I had planned for some time. Along the way I was able to connect with history stretching back nearly 2000 years, some interesting towns and a variety of bird-life. The canal surface was part frozen. Here is a summary of key interests:

  • The large canal basin at Maryhill.
  • The canal itself which dates from the late 18th century and was a major simulus to trade at the time (pre railway).
  • Birdlife including swans, ducks and a heron.
  • The Roman era Antonine Wall which dates from the 2nd century A.D.¬†
  • The Falkirk Wheel, a unique piece of engineering dating from 2002. This is a rotating boat lift linking the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Images and video clips are provided below.

Forth & Clyde Canal-West

Heron on Forth & Clyde Canal, Scotland

This clip shows Kirkintilloch with the Campsie Fells in the background.

The clip below shows Kilsyth. Rock face in the background was a quarry which supplied kerb stones and paving stones for City of Glasgow, via the canal. Now popular with climbers. 

Fishing on Forth & Clyde Canal, Scotland

Swan on thin ice-Forth & Clyde Canal, Scotland

Goosander Ducks on Forth & Clyde Canal, Scotland

Falkirk Wheel, Scotland

Here is a reasonably preserved section of the Antonine Wall, built by the Romans in the 2nd century A.D. 

Stretch of Forth & Clyde Canal looking West

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