Geography of the Clyde

The Clyde is a short river, little more than 100 miles long, rising in the Lanarkshire hills.

Upstream it flows swiftly with spectacular stretches, such as the Falls of Clyde, near Lanark. At Glasgow the river was a shallow estuary with sandbanks and islets known as inches. Downstream, in deep water, Dumbarton Irvine and Greenock were the main ports, with Port Glasgow established by Glasgow merchants in 1662.

The Clyde Waterfront area covers 20km of the river from Glasgow Green in the centre of Glasgow, down the river as far as Dumbarton.  Find out more about what there is to see by visiting the different Areas of Interest that make up the Clyde Waterfront Heritage trail.

Download the Clyde Waterfront Heritage Guide, complete with map, ideal if you want to take the information with you.

There are plenty of oppotunities to explore along the riverbanks, with more paths and walkways springing up as part of a growing network of paths. In the city, Glasgow Green provides welcome green space in the heart of the city and is oen of the country's most ancient paks  By contrast, Clyde View Park is Glasgow's newest park and also provides a place to stroll along the river. Further downstream, the green spaces open out and provide attractive riverside walks around RenfrewErskine and Old Kilpatrick.

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