CANALS

Scotland's canals provide unrivalled access to sailing and boating, all set against fantastic landscapes and awesome scenery.


Boating in Scotland is unlike any other canal experience in the UK. As well as sailing, you can enjoy fishing, cycling, walking and other fun activities along Scotland's major canals – the Caledonian Canal, the Crinan Canal, the Forth & Clyde Canal and the Union Canal.

Bring your own boat, hire a cruiser or charter a yacht for a canal holiday, enjoy a day-trip on Loch Ness, all whilst taking in the spectacular Scottish scenery and amazing wildlife.

The majestic Caledonian Canal is 60 miles in length. Stretching from Inverness to Fort William it is one of the great waterways of the world, offering visitors spectacular scenery, amazing wildlife and the world famous Scots hospitality.

The majority of traffic is leisure orientated. Besides being the gateway to all that is best in Scottish cruising for yachts visiting from continental Europe, visitors can charter a yacht or power cruiser and enjoy a holiday "in command".

Hotel barges offer either activity holidays, or a more relaxed cruise. The Caledonian offers excellent marina services for both the visitor and those seeking a cost-effective long term berthing solution. Without doubt you will enjoy Britain's most spectacular and scenic waterway.

Useful Links:

- Skippers Guide
- Transit & Short Term Visitor Licences

 

The stunningly beautiful Crinan Canal was completed in 1801 as an alternative to voyaging around the Mull of Kintyre. It now has a major role for leisure craft as a superb, still water marina base from which to cruise, race or charter high quality yachts.

The Crinan Canal meanders through Kilmartin Glen, an area rich in history and wildlife, where there is just so much to see and do for all the family! Licences are available from overnight to an annual package, which can include lift out during the winter months.

Crinan's customers will not only find quality, serviced marina berths, new toilets and showers but also a very warm welcome from Scottish Canals staff.

Useful Links:

- Skippers Guide
- Transit & Short Term Visitor Licences

The Forth & Clyde Canal links the Irish Sea with the North Sea running from Bowling, on the Clyde Estuary, to Grangemouth, on the Firth of Forth, providing a unique and tranquil path through some of Scotland’s most densely populated areas. Access to the Firth of Forth has been improved with the new canal extension as part of the £43 million Helix Project.

The Union Canal is bookended by two great modern developments. Linking the Union to the Forth & Clyde Canal at its western end is The Falkirk Wheel, the world’s only rotating boatlift. On the east, Edinburgh’s canal terminus development, Edinburgh Quay is taking shape as a thriving canal centre.

Useful Links:

- Skippers Guide
- Transit & Short Term Visitor Licences
- Visit Falkirk: Things to Do