Lead Partner: Scottish Canals
Other Partners: Peel Holdings and West Dunbartonshire Council.
Project HistoryClick an image to enlarge
Old Kilpatrick to Dumbarton, Bowling
Bowling Basin and Harbour are at the western entrance of the
Forth and Clyde Canal, also known as the Millennium Link. It is an
important gateway location into the lowland canal network, located
midway between Glasgow and Loch Lomond.
The former industrial area at Bowling Basin has already
undergone a renaissance as a leisure destination but is plagued by
poor access beyond the basin to the wider waterspace. Scottish
Canals has a land holding of around 13 acres and intends that the
redevelopment of this waterside area will create the momentum to
unlock the remaining waterfront in Bowling.
Scottish Canals are leading the way on developing plans for a
new leisure and tourism led redevelopment scheme.
The project will include improving access and links with local
cycle paths as well as restoring the railway arches to provide
retail and workshop facilities for local businesses. Residential
moorings are also proposed as part of the recently launched Living
on Water initiative.
A masterplan has been prepared which will guide the
On the back of recent Scottish Government funding awarded to
Scottish Canals, improvement works are being undertaken centred
around restoring the disused railway and arches structure running
through the site. This initial clean-up work will be
followed by the fuller restoration contract in early 2014.
Between 2003 and 2014 Clyde Waterfront was a strategic
partnership comprising the Scottish Government, Scottish
Enterprise, Glasgow City, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire
Councils. Its purpose was to promote the economic, social and
environmental regeneration of 13 miles of the River Clyde from
Glasgow city centre to Dumbarton.