Stand Up Paddleboarding on the Forth and Clyde Canal – Stage 1

The Main Points

  • Location – Bowling, Scotland
  • SUP – Own Fatstick Inflatables, 10′ Pink Panther and 10’6″ Blue Lagoon
  • Cost – Free parking at the Bowling Harbour
  • Conditions – Freshwater Canal
  • Other users – A couple of swimmers in the Harbour and canal boaters
  • Entry Point – Canal edge
  • Surrounding amenities/Bathrooms- The Bowling harbour is an interesting place to visit, there is a SUP hire shop and cafe along with a couple of other businesses which appear to be part of a rejuvenation strategy.
Getting There – Take the A82 west out of Glasgow for 12.8 miles then local signs will direct you to Bowling Harbour. Map Current Weather Conditions Wee Blether We really enjoyed our trip along the Forth and Clyde Canal starting in the Bowling Harbour.  Protected calm water is my favourite and the weather was stunning.  Along the way we met quite a few locals out walking, running and riding bikes as the canal tow path is now a great walk/cycle way that links Glasgow up with a pathway that leads up to Balloch and Loch Lomond (used in the Glasgow Kiltwalk).  I think the people we saw thought we were a bit mad as the water is seen as a bit of a haven for throwing anything from stollen grocery trolleys to lost footballs but I was quite surprised at just how clear the water was – you could see all these discarded items and more with perfect clarity!! 😳 Our aim is to navigate the whole Forth and Clyde Canal all the way to Edinburgh over a series of trips so stay tuned as we paddle across Scotland from West to East. While you’re here watch our first SUP Chick video starring SUP Bloke đŸ’œ on our brand new YouTube channel. FIND BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO SUP LEARN MORE ABOUT EQUIPMENT WATCH THE LATEST SUP ADVENTURE VIDEO

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