We will return to the Clyde and the Riverside Plaza on the 21st and 22nd of September! Get yourself down for a great boaty time.

Expect chances to get on the water in canoes and coracles; to try your hand at traditional skills; or listening to fiddles choons with a pint while boats play on the water or strolling through our market looking at all the products hand made in Glasgow. There will be boat launches and rowing races, steam bending and story telling, sea shanties and beer. It'll be bright, colourful and surprising. It'll be unexpected, and it'll be really quite boaty! 

The Festival runs from 1000-2300 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday and is totally FREE during the day. Tickets for the evening party will be for sale during the day.

We're based around the plaza of the Riverside Museum with good car parking and easy transport links to the city centre. 


We'll have loads happening over the weekend but we’re still figuring it all out. Watch out for info soon!

photo: Leanne Fischler

photo: Leanne Fischler

Photo: Steven Landles

Photo: Steven Landles

Photo: Brendan MacNeill

Photo: Brendan MacNeill

On the Water

On Saturday have our huge Castle to Crane race returning for it’s 3rd year.

  • Dumbarton Castle - Great for seeing the start.

  • Bowling Harbour where our pals at the BHive at Scottish Canals are putting on a shebang to help cheer the boats on.

  • Glasgow itself - we race up past the Tall Ship and the Festival Site before finishing at the Finnieston Crane. You get a great view from Bells' and Millenium bridges!

On Sunday we’re excited to have two new additions to our festival! We’re bringing 6 Dragon boats and to the Clyde in a show of mad racing and loads of noise! If you want to book your crew a boat just head over to the page. As it that’s not enough we’re also working with Canal Craft to bring the inaugural small craft regatta. Spectators on Sunday can come see the fun any time from 1100 .

As well as all the structured stuff we’ll have free open canoeing for anyone to try as well as lots of people’s private boats around just for the fun of it.


photo: Leanne Fischler

photo: Leanne Fischler



This year we’re having a great time on the shore as well as on the water. After the days activity we’re keeping the festival site open and bringing the party to Riverside.

The afterparty will take place in the main bar marquee of the festival site. We’ve got the magnificent Cosmic Ceilidh Band coming to get your feet tapping and everyone up and dancing. The gates will be open from 1730 through to 2300 so come join us for a party!

Tickets will be for sale from the bar all day on Saturday or on the door. But numbers are limited so when they are gone they are gone - £5 each!

Festival Site

Riverside Museum Plaza

100 Pointhouse Road


G3 8RS



How to Get Here

By Car

The Riverside Museum is easy to drive to. Right off the A814 express way. Just follow signs for the Museum or use the postcode G3 8RS. Parking is metered and not very cheap - you might want to park elsewhere and get public transport to us. 

By Bus

The 100 Bus runs regularly between the City Centre and the Riverside Museum. You can see a timetable here 

By Rail

Trains from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Helensburgh stop at Partick Train Station. It's a ten minute walk from there to the Museum

By Subway

Subway from around Glasgow will stop at Partick if you shout 'Boats' really loudly when approaching the stop. 

By Boat

The Govan Ferry will be running through the festival. It runs from 10-6 back and forward all the time. If you're coming from the south consider getting to Govan and coming over by boat to get in the spirit. Or you can always row to the site if you have your own boat and want to join in! 



Contact Us

If you'd like to get in touch for any reason please use the form below or by the methods to the right. 

CASTLE TO CRANE: If you have specific questions about the race please read the Frequently Asked Questions before emailing. We're happy to answer any and every question you may have if it helps you come take part in the event, but it really helps us if you can check there before getting in touch. 

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Contact: Ben Wilde

email: mail@clydebuiltfestival.com

Tel:     0141 357 3699

All website photography by Steven Landles, Brendan MacNeill, Leanne Fischler and Hana Wilde