Maryhill Walking Trails
"Maryhill possesses in itself and its environs such strong attractions of scenery as draw many visitors from Glasgow, and exhibits for the most part a well-built, pleasant appearance"
- Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland, 1884
Why not guide yourself on a tour around the historic heart of Maryhill, the scenery of the River Kelvin and the heritage of the Forth & Clyde Canal? We currently have three different walking trails available. The walks can be done individually, or build together to create a comprehensive guide to the area!
These heritage trails have been generously grant-aided by Glasgow City Heritage Trust.
Overview of the three walking trail routes; click for Google Maps version.
Maryhill nature trails
Suitable for families and community groups with children aged 6 years+.
Maryhill was a vast green space 250 years ago but when the Forth and Clyde Canal was built approx 230 years ago, the area very quickly became an industrial town. Animals and plants have had to adapt to survive and they now use the canal and River Kelvin to find food and shelter. Join us in the launch of our new trails to explore nature at work in the heart of Maryhill and record your findings along the way using the trail leaflet.
The trail can be used as a stand alone resource for free by printing the PDF here. To complete the fun activities inside the booklet, remember a pen and pencil en route!
If you are taking part as a group, why not book onto our guided Maryhill Nature Trail to delve further into Maryhill's dynamic heritage? Our heritage team will guide you through the walk with discovery activities along the way for all ages and abilities to enjoy. Groups can book between 10-30 participants for a guided walk for a fee of £35.00. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0141 948 0701 for more information.
The walk is approximately 1.4 miles/2.2km. It is a low level walk along the iconic sites of the Forth and Clyde Canal and River Kelvin. Mostly wide, smooth and flat. One short steep stretch going down to the Kelvin Walk Way from the canal towpath with railings on one side for support.
Guided versions of the walks
If you would prefer to do the walk as part of a guided tour, Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust runs free versions of this walk. Check out the Building Tours and Guided Walks Dates page to find out the times and dates of the scheduled guided walks. If you would like to make a group booking on an alternative date, email us using the address below to arrange a date.
Email us at email@example.com or ring 0141 948 0700 to book your free place!
Have you done any of the walks?
- let us know! Any comments, corrections, suggestions you'd like to share?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0141 948 0700
Everyone who gets in touch to let us know what they thought will be entered into a prize draw to win some Maryhill stained glass window merchandise [limit of one entry per person; please leave a contact number when getting in touch so we can let you know if you've won something!]
Feel free to share any photos taken during the walks on our Flickr page.
A special thanks to Paths for All, Scottish Natural Heritage and W M Mann Foundation for their grant support to develop these new walking trails!
Comments from people who have done the walks already...
"Really enjoyed it … the text was just right, friendly not too stuffy."
"Very informative and enjoyable - We saw several swallows and a deer fawn on the walk so our day was made!"
"It's great and the leaflet is extremely informative, even when you think you know a little about Maryhill!"
"I think your brochure is really excellent. Great information well presented and, although I have walked much of the Trail before I knew nothing about what I was seeing. I will be walking the whole Trail again, this time with the booklet learning about this terrific area."
"Loved the links made between the industries and the stained glass panels from the Burgh Halls"
“We were on holiday from Germany and enjoyed the length of the tour on a misty/rainy day.”