The Clyde is formed by the confluence of two
streams, the Daer Water (the headwaters of which are dammed to form
the Daer Reservoir) and the Potrail Water. They meet at
Watermeetings to form the River Clyde proper.
From there it snakes northeastward before turning to the west until
it reaches the town of Lanark. It turns northwest, before it is
joined by the River Avon and flows into the West of Scotland
conurbation. Between the towns of Motherwell and Hamilton the course
of the river has been altered to create the artificial loch within
Strathclyde Park. Part of the original course can still be seen, and
lies between the island and the east shore of the loch. The river
then flows through Blantyre and Bothwell, where the ruined Bothwell
Castle stands on a defensible promontory.
Past Uddingston and into the southeast of Glasgow the river begins
to widen, meandering a course through Rutherglen and Dalmarnock.
Flowing past Glasgow Green, the river is artificially straightened
and widened through the centre, and although a footbridge now
hinders access to the traditional Broomielaw, seagoing ships can
still come upriver as far as Finnieston where the PS Waverley docks.
From there, it flows past the shipbuilding heartlands, through
Govan, Partick, Whiteinch, Scotstoun and Clydebank, all of which
once housed major shipyards. The river flows out west of Glasgow,
past Renfrew, and under the Erskine Bridge past Dumbarton on the
north shore to the sandbank at Ardmore Point between Cardross and
Helensburgh. Opposite, on the south shore, the river continues past
the last Lower Clyde shipyard at Port Glasgow to Greenock where it
reaches the Tail of the Bank as the river merges into the Firth of
There are around 72 bridges (rail, road, foot and other) that cross
the Clyde, from estuary to source.
The River Clyde at Glasgow
The Clyde Walkway
The Clyde Walkway takes you on
a 65km / 40 mile journey, from Glasgow City Centre to the World Heritage Site of
New Lanark, passing through spectacular scenery and many interesting and
important sites which offer insights into the rich cultural, natural and
industrial heritage of the Clyde Valley.
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Fancy a 40 mile Ultra
Marathon? Run the Clyde Walkway.
This is race 6 of the Montane
Scottish Ultra Marathon Series
The Clyde Stride provides the opportunity to race along one of Scotland’s most
accessible new pathways. It runs from Glasgow (Partick Railway Station) along
the Clyde through Strathclyde Regional Park, the Unesco World Heritage Site at
New Lanark, and the Falls of Clyde Nature Reserve to finish at Bonnington Linn.
The superb track and scenery ensure a rapid rise to ultra stardom for the The
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The Song of the Clyde
Words and music by
R.Y. BELL and IAN GOURLEY
Sung by KENNETH McKELLAR (1963)
I sing of a river I'm happy beside.
The song that I sing is a song of the Clyde.
Of all Scottish rivers it's dearest to me.
It flows from Leadhills all the way to the sea.
It borders the orchards of Lanark so fair,
Meanders through meadows with sheep grazing there,
But from Glasgow to Greenock, in towns on each side,
The hammers' "ding-dong" is the song of the Clyde.
CHORUS: Oh the river Clyde, the wonderful Clyde!
The name of it thrills me and fills me with pride,
And I'm satisfied, whate'er may betide,
The sweetest of song is the song of the Clyde.
Imagine we've left Craigendoran behind,
And wind-happy yachts by Kilcreggan we find.
At Kirn and Dunoon and Innellan we stay,
Then Scotland’s Madeira—that's Rothesay, they say—
Or maybe by Fairlie and Largs we will go,
Or over to Millport that thrills people so,
Maybe journey to Arran it can't be denied,
Those scenes all belong to the song of the Clyde.
When sun sets on dockland there's beauty to see.
The cry of a sea bird is music to me.
The blast of a horn loudly echoes, and then
A stillness descends on the water again.
'Tis here that the sea-going liners are born:
But, unlike the salmon, they seldom return.
Can you wonder the Scots, o'er the ocean so wide,
Should constantly long for the song of the Clyde?
There's Paw an' Maw at Glasgow Broomielaw.
They're goin' "doon the water" for "The Fair."
There's Bob an' Mary, on the Govan Ferry,
Wishin' jet propulsion could be there.
There's steamers cruisin', and there's "buddies" snoozin',
And there's laddies fishin' frae the pier;
An' Paw's perspirin', very near expirin',
As he rows a boat frae there to here.
With eyes a-flashin', it is voted "smashin",
To be walkin' daily on the prom:
And May and Evelyn are in seventh heaven
As thy stroll along with Dick and Tom;
And Dumbarton Rock to ev'ry Jean and Jock,
Extends a welcome that is high and wide:
Seems to know that they are on their homeward way
To hear the song of the Clyde.
Pictures of the River Clyde
River Clyde just before touchdown at Glasgow Airport
The South Rotunda on Clydeside
River Clyde Freezes January 2010 Cone Stuck in Ice
River Clyde Glasgow The river has frozen over January 2010
A narrow River Clyde at New Lanark
Erskine Bridge over the River Clyde from Old Kilpatrick
The Clyde Estuary from Inverkip
River Clyde at Port Glasgow
Glasgow Science Center on the River Clyde
The Finnieston Crane on the Clyde near Glasgow
Foggy morning over the Clyde
River Clyde at Clydebank
Squinty Bridge over the River Clyde Glasgow City Centre
Newark Castle near Port Glasgow on the Clyde
Science Centre on the banks of the River Clyde
River Clyde at Clydebank with the QE2 under construction 1967
Sunset over the Clyde Estuary Gourock
River Clyde Frozen January 2010
Bridge over the River Clyde at Low Blantyre
New Lanark and the River Clyde
Glasgow Armadillo set on the banks of the River Clyde
River Clyde at New Lanark
River Clyde by Moonlight
View from the top of Lyle Hill overlooking the River Clyde at Greenock
Looking over the River Clyde to Festival Park Glasgow
River Clyde at Glasgow
River Clyde view looking towards Glasgow
Falls of the Clyde
Finnieston Crane and the Squinty Bridge
River Clyde below Cora Linn
George V Bridge over the Clyde at Glasgow
The Waverley paddle steamer on the River Clyde
Clyde marines tug Bruiser working the head of the tanker Marida Mimosa at Yoker
Bridge over the River Clyde from Glasgow City Centre
Dunoon on the Clyde Estuary
The Free French Memorial on Lyle Hill above Greenock with Gourock the River Clyde and the Argyll hills
Pedestrian suspension bridge over the Clyde at Glasgow City Centre
Armadillo Glasgow on the banks of the River Clyde
Dumbarton Rock and Castle on the River Clyde
Night View on the River Clyde
River Clyde at Rosebank
Waverley on the Clyde near Helensburgh
American warship on the River Clyde
Mouth of the River Cart where it flows into the Clyde Joh Browns Yard used this area when launching the Cunard Liners
BBC Scotland Building on the banks of the Clyde
River Clyde and Victoria Bridge at Glasgow
Dumbarton Rock on the Clyde from West Ferry
Custom House Quay on the River Clyde at Glasgow
River Clyde west of Glasgow
Sunset over the River Clyde
Navigation buoys and lights on the River Clyde near Port Glasgow
Yacht in the Clyde estuary
Finnieston Crane and the Clyde Arc Glasgow at Night
River Clyde Freezes Picture taken between Science Centre and the Squinty Bridge
River Clyde at Low Blantyre
Finnieston Crane on the Clydeside
Fast flowing River Clyde at New Lanark