Green Walks by the Clyde (River and Firth)

Corsewall Point lighthouse, at the mouth of Loch Ryan

The Thames has the Thames Path, and the Severn the Severn Way. Many other rivers have a dedicated footpath, but not the Clyde. However, by stitching up a sequence of routes, the water may be followed (with or without the accompaniment of Kenneth McKellar) from New Lanark to Stranraer: public transport connections are available throughout. There is scope for a detour at Wemyss Bay by ferry to Rothesay for the West Island Way, and Ardrossan, and again by taking the ferry to Brodick for the Arran Coastal Way, picking off Gaotfell too.

Upstream from Lanark, a route, challenging for car-free walkers (and equally challenging for many others), may be carved out from the top of the road at the Devil’s Beef Tub, where (according to the old rhyme)

Annan, Tweed and Clyde
A’ rin oot o’ ane hillside.

At the southern end, the coastal walk along the west side of the Rhinns is being developed, but again, it is not accessible by sufficient public transport to be a Green Walk.

The constituent routes are given in downstream order, with the island walks at the end of the list.

River/Firth path

Clyde Walkway

Length >60km
Max transport gap <20km

A 67km walk between New Lanark and Partick.

Ayrshire Coastal Path

Length >60km
Max transport gap <20km

A walk of 146km between Wemyss Bay and Glenapp.

Loch Ryan Coastal Path

Length <20km
Max transport gap <10km

A walk of 19km between Glenapp and Stranraer.

Island walks

West Island Way

Length <60km
Max transport gap <20km

A walk of 51km on the Isle of Bute.

Arran Coastal Way

Length >60km
Max transport gap <20km

A circuit of 61km around the island of Arran.


Length <20km
Max transport gap <20km

A 16km walk over Goatfell, on the island of Arran.

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