Explore the lowlands of Scotland with easy cruising and very few locks and experience the incredible Falkirk Wheel, linking the Union Canal and the Forth and Clyde Canal.
The Scottish Lowland Canals are quite different from the canals typical of England and Wales/ The Forth and Clyde is much wider than the average English canal. The Union Canal is a contour canal and has no locks at all or bridges that have to be opened. Canal and River Trust staff currently operate all of the locks and bridges and boaters are not allowed to operate the locks themselves, although help is happily accepted.
Between Falkirk and Glasgow there are four locks and three road bridges, with a further eighteen locks and a number of pedestrian bridges between Glasgow and the Clyde at Bowling. Both the Forth and Clyde and Union Canals were closed in the early 1960's and it was not until lottery funding was obtained in 1999 that restoration works rejoined the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh by canal.
At a quarter of the cost of the overall £84.5 million project, the Falkirk Wheel is the most significant structure so far, but only one link in the scheme involving rebuilding bridges, clearing blockages and cutting new stretched of canal. For more facts and figures visit www.thefalkirkwheel.co.uk or call 01324 619888, but in summary the 25m level difference between the canals is traversed via a pair of gondolas which carry 600 tonnes of water to the 100m aqueduct at the top of the 35m diameter wheel.
Falkirk Base, Scotland, FK1 4RS
T: 01324 627212
Call us on 0330 3330 590 to book
Directions to Falkirk Marina
The following are suggested canal boating routes that you can take from Falkirk:
Edinburgh and Glasgow
Bowling and return
The following are suggested short break canal holidays that you can take from Falkirk:
Glasgow and return
Edinburgh and return