Glasgow Canal Water Taxi from Lambhill Stables

Boat Tour

On the Canal Towpath by Balmore Road Bridge Lambhill Stables, 11 Canal Bank North G22 6RD

Ends at Canal House, Applecross Street

Take a trip along the Forth & Clyde Canal and explore its rich industrial heritage. You will travel through the wildlife corridor that is the canal in North Glasgow.

A route to link the Firths of Forth and Clyde by canal had been raised on several occasions. After much debate and deliberation over different schemes, construction of the privately-owned Forth & Clyde Canal was approved by an Act of Parliament in March 1768. The canal was designed by John Smeaton and completed in 1790.

The 35-mile long canal served as a trade route between east and west, carrying coal and other commercial goods between Scotlands towns and cities. It was to be large enough for seagoing vessels to develop links with trade in Europe and America.

At a time when the road network was limited and generally in a poor condition the canals offered an alternative means of transport that was efficient, relatively fast and tailored to the needs of the growing industrial sector.

The tour will take you through the industrial landscape of North Glasgow. Departing from Scottish Canals Head office on Applecross street you will see one of the remaining historic Bascule Bridges and one of the oldest Canal buildings dating from the late 1700s. From there you will sail through Firhill Basin and onto Maryhill Locks were the boat will turn before heading to Lambhill Stables. The stables date from the 1820s and serviced the horses that pulled the Swift Boats that brought passengers into the heart of the city.

These and many other historic sights will be highlighted by the on board guides.

Discover Glasgows Industrial Heritage: The canals were a crucial part to the development of Glasgow.

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Tour Times

Sun 11am & 3pm; 2 hours

Advanced Booking Essential

Additional Booking Information:

Booking opens at 10am on Wednesday 26th August 2015.

Please be aware that Doors Open Day events are very popular and will book out quickly.

Spaces are limited per person.

Please only book for events that you intend to go to and cancel your space as soon as possible if you are unable to attend.

If the event is fully booked please feel free to add yourself to the wait list, if a space becomes available you will be contacted and will have one day to respond. Please be aware that you must add yourself to the waitlist for every space and for the times that you want ie. if looking for three spaces at any time, add your name 3 times to each event time.


Limited Disabled Access
There is access for the ambulant disabled into the boat.  Access is by steps down onto the foredeck.  There may also be a step up to the boat.


Getting Here

Nearest Train or Subway Station(s): Possil & Parkhouse

Parking: On Street Parking Available Free of Charge



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Glasgow Canal Water Taxi from Lambhill Stables

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Glasgow Canal Water Taxi from Lambhill Stables
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