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Clyde, River

River Clyde, South Lanarkshire
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

River Clyde, South Lanarkshire

A river opening out into a wide firth in west central Scotland, the Clyde rises at an altitude of 472m (1550 feet) in the Lowther Hills in South Lanarkshire. It flows north through South Lanarkshire then turns west near Carstairs Junction, passing through the former industrial village New Lanark where the Falls of Clyde form a spectacular view much painted by artists. Flowing northwestwards through Clydesdale, the river continues on through the heart of Glasgow and past Clydebank where over 35,000 ships were built in the 19th and 20th centuries. After it is crossed by the Erskine Bridge, the Clyde widens to form the Firth of Clyde, having flowed a distance of 106 miles (170 km).


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