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 the tables below with more information on our 200th anniversary events & plans across the canals in 2022.



Caledonian Canal Date Time Location
Fours and Small Boats Head and the Inverness VIIIs Head 5th – 6th March 2022 TBC Inverness
Loch Ness E-Tape 24th April TBC Loch Ness
The Great Glen Paddle Challenge 24th – 26th September TBC TBC
Caledonian Canal Flotilla 22nd – 28th October (subject to change) TBC TBC



Union Canal Date Time Location
Paddlefast SUP Race (5K and 10K) 27th March 10am Park Bistro, Union Canal

5K turning at Linlithgow Canal Centre

10K turning at Xcite Linlithgow

Edinburgh Library Exhibition / Walk & Talk Event TBC TBC TBC
Millennium Link Anniversary: Celebrating European Links 14th May 10AM – 4PM Kirkintilloch & Maryhill Locks
Perambulation of Linlithgow Marches 14th May TBC Linlithgow
Union200 Flotilla 20th – 21st May TBC Union Canal

View programme of events

Wester Hailes Canal Connections Trail 20th May 11am Hailes Quarry Park to Bridge 8 Café
Revolution20 – Family friendly fun day 28th May TBC The Falkirk Wheel
200th Anniversary Race Series 10th September TBC The Falkirk Wheel
Edinburgh Canal Festival 18th June TBC Union Canal
Unexpected Garden 21 June – 11 July various Glasgow to Edinburgh and Kelpies
Linlithgow Fun Day 7th August TBC Linlithgow
Kirkintilloch Canal Festival TBC TBC TBC
Glasgow to Edinburgh Canoe Challenge 8th October TBC Glasgow
Edinburgh to Glasgow Canoe Challenge 9th October TBC Edinburgh
Halloween SUP in the Sky TBC TBC The Falkirk Wheel
Ronnie Rusack Festival of Light 5th November TBC TBC