200th Anniversary of the Union & Caledonian canals

We’re gearing up for a big year of celebrations as 2022 marks the 200th anniversaries of the Union and Caledonian canals opening.

Once the transport arteries that stoked the fires of the industrial revolution, today Scotland’s canals are home to cyclists and social enterprises rather than coal scows and Clydesdale horses. Passing through some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes and the bustling cities of Edinburgh and Inverness, our 200-year-old waterways continue to contribute to Scotland’s rich heritage whilst providing corridors of opportunity for the future.

We will be updating our website with more information on our 200th anniversary plans as they unfold so please check it regularly and follow us @ScottishCanals for all the latest news.


Take a look at the Flotilla 200 event on the Union Canal on Friday 20th May 2022 as part of the bicentenary celebrations!