It’s a ‘shore’ thing says man on a bike

Man on a Bike - Bo'ness Waterfront
Man on a Bike - Bo'ness Waterfront

The five mile Bo’ness foreshore path is a wonderful amenity with its estuary views, wildlife and backdrop of the Ochils.

At its west end, the dyke top is rough but ridable.

Flaps on the culverts permit drainage, closing with the flood tide.

It is little frequented so a good spot to watch birdlife and the Scottish Wildlife Trust hide there is being refurbished.

At Kinneil, Falkirk Community Trust brush-cutting and tree planting is increasing bio-diversity.

There is a wealth of history along the shore, especially at the harbour.

At Grangepans, shards from the potteries are widespread and parts of ships mark the location of the former 
McClellan’s ship-breaking yard. Colliery waste yields fossils and marked bricks are numerous.

The Upper Forth Boat Club welcomes visitors and a notable feature of the club is its clubhouse – formerly a compartment from the SS Ben Cleuch which was broken up at McClellan’s.

In summer at Grangepans, the buddleia and thistles colonising the upper shore host a spectacular show of bees and butterflies.

Beyond Bridgeness harbour pier head are the staithes where railway wagon-loads of coal were tipped aboard ships.

And, at the Carriden boatyard, Thompson and Balfour once built Fairmile B motor torpedo boats. Veterans still visit to this day.