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Monkland Canal

  • Family walking along Scottish canal towpath
  • Swan on Scotland
  • Wildlife on Scotland
  • Paddler on Scottish canals with kayaks on canal bank in background
  • Family walking along Scottish canal towpath
  • Swan on Scotland
  • Wildlife on Scotland
  • Paddler on Scottish canals with kayaks on canal bank in background
  • A perfect place for family walks!Gentle stroll, regular power walking or long-distance run. The Monkland canal is a great place to stay active or up the pace for a bit of serious exercise. Along the way you are sure to spot some amazing wildlife!
    Gracious swansGentle stroll, regular power walking or long-distance run. The Monkland canal is a great place to stay active or up the pace for a bit of serious exercise. Along the way you are sure to spot some amazing wildlife!
    Moore hens than you can shake a stick at!Gentle stroll, regular power walking or long-distance run. The Monkland canal is a great place to stay active or up the pace for a bit of serious exercise. Along the way you are sure to spot some amazing wildlife!
    Brilliant Summer (lee) events!Gentle stroll, regular power walking or long-distance run. The Monkland canal is a great place to stay active or up the pace for a bit of serious exercise. Along the way you are sure to spot some amazing wildlife!

    Our vital source

    The Monkland Canal is no longer available for navigation but is still a vital part of Scotland's canal system. It provides the main water supply to the Forth & Clyde Canal and is locally important as an amenity for the community. James Watt began cutting the Monkland Canal on 26 June 1770. For three years the workforce inched toward Glasgow until funding finally ran out. More money had to be raised in 1780 to continue with construction, and improvements were also carried out between 1790 and 1794. Locks were built at Blackhill and the canal was extended to the Forth & Clyde Canal at Port Dundas. The development of the iron industry in Coatbridge in the 1830s generated so much business that the growth of railways caused barely a blip in the canal's profits - even the passenger services continued to thrive!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Categories: Canal Features, Things to Do & Places to Visit, Places to eat and drink, Events, Routes
    event on the Monkland Canal

    What to do along the Monkland Canal

     

    The Monkland Canal and surrounding area is a real treasure trove of history and wildlife and there's always something new to see and do throughout the year. Take a look at what's happening along the Monkland Canal.

     

    Monkland Canal

    Find out about Monkland Canal heritage

     

    The Monkland's history is fascinating - the extraordinary industrialisation of the Lanarkshire hills driven by 18th-century Glasgow entrepreneurs. Find out how it fared as rail and road transport developed and what is left of it today.

     

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