The Forth and Clyde tour is described as a ‘cycle across Scotland from Gourock on the Firth of Clyde to the spectacular city of Edinburgh on the Union and the Forth and Clyde Canals’ by Sustrans.
We decided to undertake this short Scottish coast-to-coast in October 2011. It was less than 100 miles in total, and served as an early training tour for our upcoming End-to-End. There were five of us on this tour – Andy, Sarah, Andy S, Bruce and Paul.
The route officially starts at Gourock, a port on the Firth of Clyde, and follows a predominantly traffic-free route into Glasgow via Paisley. Upon reaching Bells Bridge in Glasgow city centre it then follows a traffic-free path along the Clyde. Here we stopped at Glasgow YHA. The following day we were due to continue to follow the canals. However, due to poor weather we decided instead to stay on the roads . We cycled through Coatbridge and Airdrie on our way into Edinburgh.
Our day-to-day itinerary was as follows:
Day 0 – Travel to Gourock
Day 1 – Gourock to Glasgow
Day 2 – Glasgow to Edinburgh
Day 3 – Return home
You can view the Forth and Clyde route below: