Fountainbridge to Harrison on the Canal

Following on from the first post about the Union Canal at the Lochrin Basin, lets look at the stretch from Fountainbridge to Harrison Park, past the sites of the old MacEwens Brewrey and onto the western outskirts of the city. This stretch of canal goes from the industrial heritage of Fountainbridge to the greenery of Harrison Park before heading out to the extreme west of the city.

View to the Lift Bridge

View to the Lift Bridge

Like all areas of the towpath, it’s popular with walkers, cyclists and runners.

Walking the towpath

Walking the towpath

Towpath Cyclist

Towpath Cyclist

This stretch is sadly badly blighted with pointless graffiti, although, you have to wonder how they got it there?

How did they do that?

How did they do that?

The canal many bridges along it’s length, perfect places for pedestrians to have a falling out with a cyclist!

Under the Bridge

Under the Bridge

Once you leave the typical tenement buildings behind, the canal opens up to green space at Harrison Park where there are several moored barges including… Noah’s Ark.

Noahs Ark

Noahs Ark

Harrison Park itself is one of the better areas of the city, almost a mini Meadows except with less jakeys.

Harrison Park

Harrison Park

One of the more striking sights here is the boathouse at the west edge of the park, you can actually hire row boats here to take up and down the canal, just watch out for the University rowing teams that practice here and seem to think they own the canal!

Boathouse

Boathouse

It all seems a bit positive doesn’t it? Well, the good news is that I’ve got some shots ready to go of, shall we say, the less positive areas, keep reading!

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