Aug 2022 – Bowling, Dunbartonshire.

A route which opened last year at Bowling Harbour and uses a section of the ex-Lanarkshire & Dunbartonshire Railway has won the Master Planning/Landscaping: Public Realm/Landscaping Award at the Scottish Design awards. The route is shown on current OS mapping as starting at the east end of Bowling Harbour, but in fact begins at NS 45171 73489, where an accessible ramp leads up to a formerly disused viaduct across the harbour. The trail, which is substantially on an old railway formation including several bridges/viaducts, ends between Dumbarton Central and Dumbarton East stations in the west. Part of NCN7, it links the towpath of the Forth & Clyde Canal with the wider National Cycle Network. It is being marketed as Scotland’s answer to the New York Highline because this was an elevated railway which ran over multiple bridges and viaducts. There are several local businesses ‘underneath the arches’ which all appear to be thriving. (Sustrans)