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
Check our Canal Works &
Boater's Updates page for details of current canal and towpath
works along the Forth & Clyde Canal.
On the water
There are 39 locks on the canal, 20 on the west side, 19 on the
east, plus bridges which are raised. The locks come in about
6 groups and portage round them is the answer if you are in a kayak
or canoe. Whether kayaking or canoeing on canals, you are so
close to the water, and the wildlife - you won't miss a thing!
Where to start
The most pleasant parts of the canal scenically are the east and
central parts. The industrial areas around Falkirk have been
transformed with canalside pubs and gardens. Auchinstarry Marina is
an ideal place to start, with canoe and kayak hire available. As
canoeing and kayaking in the UK become more popular the facilities
A long day out?
It is possible to paddle the 56km length of the canal in one
long day, but most paddlers will prefer to plan their canoeing trip
in easier stages. There are some excellent staging posts
along the way and you'll want time to take in the surroundings,
discover the wildlife and relax along the route.
The Future of Paddle Sports in Scotland
Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership
are seeking to deliver a new Paddle Sports Centre in Glasgow. The Centre
will provide an excellent all-year-round opportunity for the
development of canoeing and kayaking skills, making a significant
contribution to the promotion of general health and well-being of
the surrounding communities and the city as a whole. The Centre
will accommodate general paddling, a whitewater course and canoe
polo, all in a clean and safe environment, together with showers
and changing facilities and classroom accommodation...have a look
at the brochure on right hand side.