Bowling Harbour & Old Kilpatrick

Old Kilpatrick marks the western end of the Antonine Wall which the Romans built across central Scotland.

A Roman fort and bathhouse (no longer visible) marked the western terminus of the Antonine Wall, constructed between 142-144AD. The Antonine Wall gained World Heritage Site status in 2008.

Similarly, Bowling is the western end of the Forth and Clyde Canal, where the custom house stands. Pontoons are available in the canal basin for leisure craft making the trip through the canal.

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  • Antonine Wall

    The Antonine Wall was built across the narrowest part of Scotland by the Romans. At the time it marked the north west frontier of the Roman Empire.

  • Bowling Harbour

    With its strategic location close to the Forth and Clyde canal, Bowling Harbour was an important shipyard and winter mooring for Clyde steamers.

  • Forth and Clyde Canal

    The Forth and Clyde canal was constructed between 1768 and 1790 bringing new opportunities for trade and manufacture to the communities along its banks

  • Henry Bell and The Comet

    An obelisk erected in 1838 is the monument to Henry Bell who designed the paddle-steamer Comet.

  • Lang Dyke

    The Lang Dyke played an important part in making the River Clyde navigable for larger vessels in the 18th Century.