Bowling Basin

  • Aerial view of Bowling Basin and Harbour

Lead Partner: Scottish Canals

Other Partners: Peel Holdings and West Dunbartonshire Council.

Project History
Click 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.


Current status:

A masterplan has been prepared which will guide the redevelopment.

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.