GoBike Cycle Rides

Meeting Point and Times

Meet on the north bank of the Clyde in the open space just east of Bell’s Bridge, Glasgow. It’s by the Armadillo, between the road and riverside path (see OpenStreetMap address). Rides usually start at 10am (unless otherwise stated). 

Rides are generally around 20-30 miles in length, although winter rides are shorter. Often there is the option to return by train for a shorter ride. On longer summer rides a lunch break is usually taken in a suitable café or pub en route, although you are welcome to bring your own picnic if you wish. Rides are usually on tarmac surfaces (road or path) and suitable for most types of bikes (e.g. tourer, racer, hybrid, mountain bike). Occasionally, there may be sections of route on rougher paths or tracks – see ride descriptions for details.

GoBike rides are social rides for GoBike members, and are not a club run. We would ask that anyone coming along adheres to the rules of the road, rides no more than two abreast, and takes the safety of other riders around them into account when cycling.

A Go Bike ride tackling one of Glasgow's quadruple carriageway roads - click for larger image
A GoBike ride tackling one of Glasgow’s quadruple carriageway roads

Cycle Rides and Events for 2024

Rides organised by GoBike except where stated.

Sunday 4 February 2024 – South Side Parks and Attractions
This ride will see us take a tour around some of the parks, sporting venues, and other attractions around the south side of the city. We will start with the south west of the city and work around to the south east, ending up back at the River Clyde in time for lunch. We will see major and minor parks, football grounds present and historic, and Scotland’s only public orchard. There will also be some views across the city from a well known flagpole location.
15 miles, with a couple of short sections on main roads.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads
Ride on busy roads Moderate hill climbing
Rated: Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating

Sunday 3 March 2024 – Milngavie Reservoirs
We will head through the western side of Glasgow before reaching Bearsden and Milngavie. Along the way we will pass a couple of historic buildings. After visiting the Mugdock and Craigmaddie Reservoirs, we will return towards Glasgow along the Bears Way, and then join the Forth & Clyde Canal to head towards Speirs Wharf, finishing around lunchtime.
25 miles, with one big hill and a section on a busy main road. There are also some short sections of non-asphalt path.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads
Ride on canal towpaths Ride on rough tracks Ride on busy roads Significant hill climbing
Rated: Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating

Sunday 7 April 2024 – The Annual Infrastructure Ride
Our postponed annual ride focusing on cycle infrastructure in Glasgow will now take place in April. We shall take a look at a number of new and recent developments on the north side of the city, starting by heading for the Riverside Museum where we will see the new bridge to Govan taking shape. Then we will follow the cycle route to the University of Glasgow, part of which is currently still taking shape, and see the new section of the University Campus built on the site of the former Western Infirmary. Then it will be off to the Claypits Nature Reserve, followed by Sighthill. Then we will continue east, and visit Hogganfield Park and Tollcross Park, before returning into Glasgow via the upgraded East City Way. We will finish at Glasgow Green in time for lunch.
17 miles, with some mostly short sections on main roads.
Meet 10am Bell’s Bridge, Congress Road, Glasgow.
Ride on paths Ride on quiet roads
Ride on canal towpaths Ride on busy roads Moderate hill climbing
Rated: Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating Go Bike star rating

Further rides around the Glasgow area will be announced shortly.


Key to symbols:
Ride on paths Ride on paths (cycle paths, paths in parks, etc) Significant hill climbing Moderate hill climbing Significant/moderate hill climbing
Ride on canal towpaths Ride on canal towpaths Steps en route Steps en route
Ride on rough tracks Ride on rough tracks (farm or forest tracks, unmade paths, etc) Gate or stile en route Gate or stile en route
Ride on quiet roads Ride on quiet roads (residential streets, country lanes) Ford en route Ford en route
Ride on busy roads Ride on busy roads Train to start Train to start
Booking required Booking required Train home from finish Train home from finish
Stall or static event Stall or static event Ferry crossing involved Ferry crossing involved

Go Bike star rating = GoBike star rating: 1 being easiest, 5 most challenging, based on distance, gradients, etc.

Where do you want to cycle to? Let us know of your suggestions for future cycle rides.

For other led cycle rides in the Glasgow area see
CyclingUK Glasgow,
Belles on Bikes Glasgow, Belles on Bikes Cumbernauld
while for the Edinburgh area see Cycling Edinburgh
and for Ayrshire see CyclingUK Ayrshire.
Mellow Velo organises rides across Central Scotland, and occasionally further afield.
Bike Events Scotland lists cycling-related events from all over Scotland.

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Morning break on a ride to Strathblane and Mugdock