River Kelvin

River Kelvin, Glasgow
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River Kelvin, Glasgow

A northern tributary of the River Clyde, the River Kelvin rises in the Kilsyth Hills, 3 miles (5 km) east of Kilsyth and flows southwest for 21 miles (33.5 km) before joining the Clyde, 2 miles (3 km) west of Glasgow city centre. For the much of its first 2 miles (3 km) the Kelvin flows alongside the Forth & Clyde Canal, which has disturbed its course and rendered it little more than a drainage ditch. It forms the boundary between North Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire between Queenzieburn and Kirkintilloch, receives the Galzert Water and Luggie Water, then forms the border between East Dunbartonshire and Glasgow to the southeast of Milngavie and finally passes through the residential suburbs of Maryhill, Kelvinside, Hillhead and Kelvingrove, before reaching the Clyde at Partick. The Botanic Gardens, the University of Glasgow, the Kelvin Hall and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum all lie on its banks.

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