Unofficial Cycle Routes - Coatbridge to Glasgow

Website by Andy Preece

There are various ways of cycling from Coatbridge to Glasgow. Sustrans has come up with a meandering route between the two places that manages to take in Uddingston and Westburn. There is also the main road, the A89, but this is quite busy, although there is a choice of using the wider A8 Edinburgh Road west of Baillieston Interchange.

This website deals with two routes. This page describes an interesting route from Coatbridge Town Centre through Drumpellier Country Park, Easterhouse, Queenslie and Cranhill to Dennistoun. From Dennistoun there is a choice of joining Alexandra Parade, crossing to the north side of the M8 motorway to join the Glasgow City Council Cumbernauld to Glasgow cycle route, or going south to Glasgow Green through Bridgeton which is described in the unofficial cycle route from Springburn, through Dennistoun and Polmadie to Toryglen. There is also the unofficial cycle route from Coatbridge to Baillieston that heads through western Coatbridge and leaves the Sustrans route at Kirkwood, before heading to Baillieston and Barachnie Cross on the in-town section of the A89.

An old photo of the Monkland Canal in Coatbridge The Monkland Canal in Coatbridge Take the path forking left, then turn right over a bridge; the right fork continues to follow the canal

Map of route

Direction Route Name Comment
Start 75 Coatbridge Fountain in Coatbridge
Head West 75 Bank Street under railway bridge
Turn Right → 75 Monkland Canal path cross Bank Street and join path along course of former canal
↑ Straight Ahead 75 Monkland Canal path continue along section of canal that still exists
↖ Fork Left ramp up to bridge signposted for Drumpellier Country Park
Turn Right → bridge over canal cross bridge
← 1st Left path alongside railway
1st Right → bridge over railway cross bridge
↑ Straight Ahead path into Drumpellier Country Park through gate
↖ Fork Left road through Drumpellier Country Park continue through gate ahead
← Turn Left Townhead Road at exit from Drumpellier Country Park
Turn Right → A752 Gartcosh Road at end of road
← 1st Left Lochend Road
Turn Right → Westerhouse Road at end of road
Turn Right → path alongside M8 motorway just after motorway bridge and Wellhouse Road junction
← Turn Left path to Penston Road at T-junction in path
Turn Right → Penston Road at end of path
Turn Right → Blairtummock Road at end of road
↑ Straight Ahead Bellrock Street at Stepps Road traffic signals
← 5th Left Startpoint Street after Cranhill Park, to avoid hill
← Turn Left Loretto Street at end of road
← 2nd Left Ruchazie Road at crossroads
1st Right → Warriston Street
↑ Straight Ahead Dee Street at Cumbernauld Road crossing
← 1st Left Gadie Street across old railway bridge
↑ Straight Ahead Alexandra Park at Provan Road crossing
Turn Right → Alexandra Park at junction near fountain
↖ Fork Left Alexandra Park at Parks Department depot
← Turn Left Sannox Gardens at park exit
1st Right → Coventry Drive
↑ Straight Ahead Harcourt Drive straight across footway at Alexandra Park Street traffic signals
Fork Right ↗ Alexandra Court and straight through road closure
↑ Straight Ahead Armadale Path and turn right and left to go around front of building to avoid steps
← Turn Left Armadale Court
Turn Right → Townmill Road at corner in road
Turn Right → footbridge over M8 motorway at end of road (Option to join Alexandra Parade at this point)
← Turn Left path to James Nisbet Street
Turn Right → James Nisbet Street street is one-way
← Turn Left Roystonhill at end of road
↖ Fork Left Townhead Interchange path network leave road at bend, go down ramp and turn left through underpass, then continue onwards
Turn Right → footbridge over Stirling Road at T-junction in bridge
← Turn Left McAslin Street at end of path
← Turn Left St Mungo Avenue at end of road
← Turn Left Colleges path to North Hanover Street opposite Buchanan Bus Station
Finish Colleges North Hanover Street in Glasgow

Turn left for George Square, or turn right then cross North Hanover Street to join Cowcaddens Road and the Glasgow City Council Colleges Cycle Route via Port Dundas Road to the West End and Jordanhill.

Website by Andy Preece