Forth & Clyde Canal

Cross Scotland from East to West along 35 miles of fully navigable waterway. From the Forth estuary at the River Carron to the Bowling Basin on the River Clyde, the route reopened in 2002 after the largest canal refurbishment project ever undertaken in the UK.

Take the Wheel!

The Falkirk Wheel is the world's only rotating boatlift. The impressive piece of engineering was opened by the Queen in 2002, created as part of the regeneration of the Forth & Clyde and Union canals.

Boating

group of children on canal society boat

Take a shortcut from the North Sea to the Irish Sea. The Forth & Clyde Canal opens up fabulous opportunities to take sea-going craft across the country.

Paddle sports

Group of paddlers on Scottish Canal

The flat water of the Forth & Clyde Canal  is becoming a popular spot for paddlesports and with new facilities and improved canal banks, is ideal for beginners or enthusiasts alike.

Fishing

man fishing on Scottish canal

Get started with a spot of canal fishing. Roach and perch are the most common species throughout the canal.

Wildlife

Wildlife on Scotland's Canals

Discover wildflowers and grasses, water-loving plants, insects, fish, birds and mammals as you explore the Forth & Clyde Canal.

Cycling

2 boys cycling on canal towpath with canal boat cruising along canal beside

Cycling the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath has never been easier or safer, and it's the perfect way to keep the whole family fit and healthy.

Events

raft race on Scotland's Canals

Join in with great seasonal activities and events along the Forth & Clyde canal. Bring the family and get involved in activities on and off the water.

Walking

large group of chidren wearing lifejackets crossing lock gates

Whether you are a looking for a pleasant place for a short stroll, a more energetic walk or even a long distance challenge, the Forth & Clyde canal path offers a great choice of canal walks.

History

looking at cascading locks with the Union Inn in the background

It's an exciting story - the first canal to be built in Scotland, and then, much more recently, the largest ever canal restoration project.

Holidays

brightly coloured boats moored on canal

The Forth & Clyde canal is one of a number of UK canals whee you can easily book a canal boat holiday or make other plans involving boating, cycling or just relaxing.

The Falkirk Wheel

person cycling along canal towpath with the Falkirk Wheel in the background

Book now and experience the world's only rotating boat lift from 35 metres in the air! A day at the Falkirk Wheel offers so much; with relaxing boat trips, woodland and canalside walks, fantastic outdoor kids play area, and a stunning visitor centre with fantastic cafe and gift shop.