The Canal

Many of our trips are one way (unless return stated) and direction alternates.

The Scottish Lowland Canals comprise the Forth & Clyde and Union canals. The Forth & Clyde was the world’s first coast-to-coast ship canal and was re-opened in 2001 after years of dereliction, but is still a well-kept secret. It stretches from the Firth of Forth at Grangemouth to the Firth of Clyde at Bowling, with a short branch to Dundas in Glasgow that used to connect to the Monklands Canals. The Union Canal is a 30 mile journey to the heart of Edinburgh and is accessed from the Forth & Clyde Canal via the Falkirk Wheel.

Famous for the¬†views and scenery, both the Union and Forth & Clyde canals are summit runs. This means long stretches of uninterrupted water that follow a contour, often high up with stunning views. There are flights of locks at the east and west of the cut but much of the journey is uninterrupted by locks. The waterway follows the Antonine Wall through Scotland’s Central Belt. Our passengers are always surprised to discover nature penetrating deep into the city and we often see wildlife, including deer, in Maryhill! See a detailed map of the canal at Waterscape.