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 new home of Scottish watersports reached a major milestone
as the £3.25 million Pinkston Watersports centre is officially open
and has been handed over to Scottish Canals and charitable body
Located in Pinkston Basin on the Forth & Clyde Canal,
Pinkston Watersports is Scotland's first and only
competition-standard, purpose-built paddlesports venue. Featuring
customisable white water and canoe slalom courses - designed by
London Olympics 2012 course designer Andy Laird - a clean water
basin, canoe polo pitches, affordable club storage, classrooms for
wet activity and changing rooms, the centre is scheduled to open
later this month and expected to attract around 25,000 visitors a
year by 2016.