The Forth and Clyde Canal, also known in Scotland as `The Great Canal', crosses Scotland and provides a route for sea-going vessels between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde. Stretching for 35 miles, the highest section of the canal passes close to Kilsyth, continues past Twechar, through Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs to the Maryhill area north of Glasgow City Centre. In more recent years this canal has become a green corridor linking town and country and is one of Scotland's prime environmental and leisure resources, with bright flowers along the verges and a growing wildlife presence.