The River Clyde is once more a focus for tourism and leisure activities as the river attracts local and international visitors alike.

The Clyde Waterfront Heritage website provides extensive information on legacy of the river's rich history. In addition, new projects all along the river are being developed with visitors in mind. Shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities are drawing people down to the river’s edge.

In the heyday of ship-building a trip “doon the watter” was a traditional day out for Glaswegians, who would sail past the busy ship yards and on to Rothesay or Dunoon, enjoying the open waters and picture-book scenery of the Clyde estuary. Now opportunities for water-based sports, sightseeing, arts and culture are expanding rapidly.

  • Visit Clydebuilt and learn about the river's last 300 years of history. 
  • Go aboard the The Tall Ship, Glenlee, moored at Yorkhill Quay, Glasgow Harbour  and explore this restored Clyde built sailing ship.
  • Sail down the Clyde on the Waverley - the world’s last sea-going paddle steamer provides a direct link with the past and the opportunity to sail in the style of a bygone age.
  • Take the lift to the top of the Titan Crane for a specticualr view of the river at Clydebank  
  • Enjoy exciting leisure activities by the river - Xscape opened in at Braehead, providing indoor skiing on real snow.
  • Come to the Glasgow Science Centre – it’s one of Scotland’s most visited tourist attractions, and ideal for families. Other arts and culture projects are under way.
  • Take in the city - the river is so close to the heart of the city of Glasgow, it should be on every tourist’s itinerary. Visit to catch the flavour and range of what’s on.
  • Pure Dead Brilliant Tours operate organised excursions to Clyde Waterfront.