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The festival takes place on the Forth & Clyde canal between Spiers Wharf and Applecross Basin, just north of Glasgow City Centre and easily accessible via a number of transport links.


Walking or cycling

The main access points to the festival are from the north via Applecross Street or Craighall Road, from the West via Bairds Brae, or from the city via Cowcaddens and Landscape Links. The festival hub is a 15-minute walk from the city


If you are using Google Maps to find us, the postcode G4 9TL will take you to the heart of the festival. As part of our programme, Ricefield Arts will be leading guided cycle routes through the city to the festival.

Public transport

Cowcaddens is the nearest subway station, located less than 5 minutes' walk away from the start of the festival. As you leave the station turn left and walk alongside the flats at Dundasvale Court, following the red walkway underneath the M8. After the underpass turn right up the staircase and keeping climbing until you reach the canal.

First buses 7, 7A and 75 from the city centre will stop on Possil Road opposite Dawson Road. Turn up Dawson Road and veer right, past The Whisky Bond, and onto the canal towpath.


As an environmental festival Glasgow Canal Festival would urge you to consider public transport for your journey, but where this is not possible, on-street parking is available in the adjacent streets. There is no dedicated car park for festival visitors. 



Scottish Canals work hard to maintain towpaths and access routes to a high standard, and as such all of the canal towpaths are wheelchair accessible. Disabled parking spaces available at the Scottish Opera car park. 


Some individual activities may not be fully accessible; please contact us using the contact form for further details. 


You will be provided with a festival map upon arrival at the site, giving you an overview of where and when key activity will take place, and the location of all catering facilities, rest points and toilets.


There will be toilet facilities throughout the site including disabled access toilets and baby changing facilities. Food outlets around the festival will be open throughout the day providing a range of hot and cold foods and beverages.

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