colorful sunset on the river clyde
All photos: Fredrika Carlsson

Have you ever heard of the River Clyde? It is a majestic waterway that winds its way through the heart of Scotland, offering a multitude of leisure attractions and activities for the whole family to enjoy.  From tranquil walks along the riverfront to thrilling water sports and everything in between, the River Clyde boasts an extensive range of leisure activities to suit every taste. So, pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and get ready to embark on a remarkable journey of exploration and discovery along the enchanting River Clyde.

What is the River Clyde?


The River Clyde also known as Clyde Watter is one of the biggest rivers in Scotland. Its length is 106 miles or 170 km. It is the third longest river in Scotland and in the UK it takes the 9th place. Over 70 bridges connect the shores of the river. One of them is a road bridge called Clyde Arc. It is also known as a ‘Squinty bridge’. It carries both vehicles and pedestrians. The waterfront of the River Clyde is full of leisure attractions. Here is a short guide to the most rewarding places to visit.

The Best Things to Do Near River Clyde


Glasgow Science Centre. The modern scientific center in Glasgow falls beyond the scope of an ordinary educational museum. Its main mission is to prove that learning can be an interesting and absorbing occupation. It offers awesome science facilities, such as:

Newton Flight Academy. Learn kids how to fly an aircraft. By using a special simulator, children will try to take off and land the plane. An instructor will help them to gain their first piloting experience. A true-life wrap-around view is created based on real maps.

The planetarium. Up-to-date equipment offers a breathtaking journey through the Solar system. The digital projection fills the planetarium cupola with realistic cosmic pictures. Kids will have an opportunity to make a fantastic journey to the Milky Way and beyond.

IMAX theater. Short educational documentaries and thrilling blockbusters are shown in 3D unique quality.

Glasgow Science Center suggests plenty of fascinating scientific attractions for the youngest visitors and adults. Click here to learn more about Glasgow Science Center.

Museums

The Riverside Museum is built at the junction of two rivers – Kelvin and Clyde. The main theme of the exhibitions is the city’s transport of different epochs. There is also a collection of technologies invented in Glasgow. They played a great role in the development of heavy industries such as shipbuilding, engineering, and manufacturing. Display items have been collected for centuries and count over 3000 unique objects.

Entire delving into the local history and art of the Clydebank area is possible at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. By the way, to get to Clyde’s most impressive sights from Liverpool Airport, you will need to use a car hire in Glasgow. Order a compact vehicle from the economy category if you are traveling alone. Read more about services, car fleets, and prices at the official site. A vehicle rental company working on a 24-hour schedule. Using their service, you can hire a seven-seater car for a big company.

a boat in the sunset on the river clyde

The Tall Ship

The Tall Ship is a wind-powered vessel. She was built in 1896 and made several round-the-world trips. Another well-known name of the ship is Glenlee. There are only 5 such barks left in the world. Now, after a significant restoration, it is used as an independent museum ship. She floats on the Clyde along the Riverside Museum projected by an outstanding designer Zaha Hadid. Its main goal is to supply educational trips to round off your knowledge of the industrial history of Scotland. The Tall Ship suggests a choice of various maritime-themed events and activities: 
  • Explore an antique vessel. The ship signage and audio clips will help you to learn more about Glenlee and her history.
  • Float along the Clyde. A water trip on a centuries-old vessel will be full of pleasant and unforgettable emotions.
  • Come round the Glenlee CafĂ©. It serves local food, hot and cold drinks, and refreshments.
  • Buy a souvenir. The shop on board sells gifts and Glenlee souvenirs.
  • Organize a wedding ceremony. If you are getting married soon, you are welcome to order a private event on the board of the Tall Ship.

Titan Clydebank

A Scottish largest crane named Titan rises over the bank of the river Clyde. It is 150 feet or 46 m high and more than 100 years old. In the 20th century, it used to be a machine for lifting heavy loads at the port. But now it is not exploited as intended. It has become a famous landmark of Clyde’s riverbank and is perceived as a magnificent example of mechanical engineering. The crane is a well-known place for bungee jumpers. From the top of that vintage point, visitors can survey the magnificent views of the Clyde. If you get hungry, riverside dining facilities and cafes are at your service.

SEC

Scottish event campus is the largest UK conference and exhibition center. It is situated right there,  in the heart of Glasgow. The campus managers organize significant cultural festivities along the Clyde, such as:

• Eurovision Dance Contest;

• Scottish Golf Show;

• wrestling shows;

• annual footage of BBC Good Food Show;

• climate change conferences.

Have a look at the list of events that are planned for the nearest future at SEC. Hurry up! Reserve the tickets beforehand, they are sold like hotcakes. Don’t miss your chance to visit one of the epic places at the River Clyde.

a side view at the Glasgow Science Centre in the evening

Yachting and Yacht building on the River Clyde


Yachting and yacht building on the River Clyde have deep-rooted historical significance. It dates back to the 19th century when the river was a thriving hub for shipbuilding and maritime trade. Over the years, the river's shipyards have transformed into renowned centers of excellence for yacht construction. The region's shipbuilders have honed their craft, combining traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology to produce some of the most elegant and innovative yachts on the market.

Yachting on the River Clyde is one of the most unforgettable experiences for sailing enthusiasts and tourists. The river's stunning vistas, with its meandering waterways and picturesque landscapes, provide a scenic backdrop for sailing adventures. Whether you're a seasoned sailor or a novice looking to learn the ropes, there are numerous yacht clubs and sailing schools along the riverbanks. Pack all the essentials for a yacht regatta to embark on a leisurely water cruise. 

Final Thoughts...


It is time to wrap up this blog post! As we conclude our exploration of the River Clyde, it becomes evident that this Scottish gem truly caters to the whole family. From serene walks along the riverbanks to thrilling water sports and cultural experiences, the River Clyde offers something for everyone, ensuring endless fun and memories for all. It's time to finish your research and start packing for an unforgettable trip.

Lots of love,
Liz