Historic ScotlandThe canals are Scheduled Ancient Monuments, and many of their associated structures are listed. We therefore work closely with Historic Scotland towards the conservation, restoration and development of the canals. This partnership working helps to maintain the historical, architectural and archaeological integrity of the canals, while creating a waterway network that contributes positively to the commercial and recreational life of Scotland.
Sail ScotlandWe are a partner in Sail Scotland, an enterprise promoting boating in and around Scotland. The Scottish canals are included online on the Sail Scotland website, as well as featuring in an annual brochure. We also have a presence at several boat shows, internationally as well as in Scotland.
Scottish Environment Protection AgencyWe have developed an effective working relationship with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), and contribute to a number of forums and advisory groups regarding water management and pollution. The benefits of the partnership were clearly illustrated during the Millennium Link project, when mercury contamination was treated in a 9-kilometre stretch of the Union canal. We worked with SEPA, SNH and those local authorities affected to successfully ensure the pollution was cleared in an environmentally acceptable way, with minimal disruption to users.
SustransThe canals and their towpaths offer a great opportunities for getting out and about, and we work with Sustrans to encourage people to travel by foot or bike for more of our everyday journeys. Many of our towpaths are part of larger route networks, providing safe routes to work or school, a scenic space for a gentle stroll or run, and fun family days out exploring.
VisitScotlandVisitScotland is the lead government agency for achieving the Scottish Government's aims for the Scottish tourism industry, and we work with then to promote the Scottish canals through campaigns in the UK and abroad. ‘Staycations’ are increasingly popular, and the canals offer great opportunities for holidays and days out. The canals were prominent in VisitScotland’s £250,000 ‘My Scotland’ drive, which reached over three million people across Scotland.