Water access

  • Yachts in the canting basin at Pacific Quay
  • The Seaplane landing on the Clyde
  • Cyclists enjoying access by the river

Lead Partner: Clyde Waterfront

Project History
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  • Passengers using the pontoon at BBC Scotland
  • Aerial View of Canting Basin
  • Vessel moored at Pacific Quay
  • Millenium Bridge opens to allow river access to passing boat
  • Passengers enjoying a river trip on the River Clyde
  • Small craft on the River Craft
  • Pontoon at Braehead
  • Pontoon at Clydebank
  • The Seaplane at Glasgow Science Centre
  • Boats moored at Canting Basin




The Clyde Waterfront water access action plan stems from the vision to develop a vibrant and thriving River Clyde, with people and communities at its heart.  The plan is based on a range of earlier strategies, specifically the Clyde Water Space Strategy prepared by Glasgow City Council.

This Action Plan includes 30 projects - by 2020 these projects will have fulfilled the Partnership's vision by attracting over 500 small craft users, 1000 yachts and motor cruisers and a regular ferry service along the river.  The improved access to the River Clyde has potential to create over 300 new jobs and bring an additional £15 million per annum into the Scottish economy.  An active water space will also increase the value of waterside property, improve public safety along the river and create a vibrant, active water space.

The plan is divided into three sections.

  • Foundation projects that must be implemented now to secure future access to the river and will benefit all river users.
  • Early action projects that subject to funding can be implemented in the next 3 years.
  • Development projects that could significantly improve access but which require further work to confirm lead partner, demand, costs and funding sources.

The water access action plan has now been developed and specific projects are developing. These include:

River management

Clyde Waterfront, Glasgow City Council and Clydeport have jointly funded consultants to suggest ways in which the management of the Clyde for leisure craft can be improved.  The aim is to bring marketing, control of pontoons, control of the bridges and other items that relate to leisure craft activity under one body.

Canting Basin

Scottish Enterprise invited expressions of interest in marine based development of the Canting Basin and a preferred developer has now been chosen.


New pontoons are now in place at Water Row, Govan and  Yorkhill Quay near the Riverside Museum. Kelvin Harbour has a new slipway annd other services. Glasgow City Council is working to develop further pontoons at Dixon Street and Springfield Quay.

Renfrewshire Council, West Dunbartonshire Council and Clyde Waterfront are to appoint consultants to investigate the possibility of using the old Erskine ferry slips as access points for small craft.

Clyde Waterfront is working with Glasgow to create an access point for small craft below the Barrage in Glasgow Green.  This will be the first access point suitable for small craft (kayaks, canoes etc) in the City Centre.


The upper Clyde now features in "Welcome Anchorages 2010" which is widely circulated at yachting events.  Clyde Waterfront is endeavouring to encourage chart makers to include the upper Clyde in their products.


Current status:

The water access action plan has been developed and is available.


2009 - 2020


£1.9m foundations projects £5.4m early action projects