The Forth & Clyde and Union Canals are ideal for narrowboat cruising, whilst the Crinan and Caledonian Canals provide important routes for yacht transits through spectacular Highland scenery.
Boating on the Caledonian Canal is unlike any other canal boat experience in the UK. With short stretches of man-made canal linking the scenic Scottish lochs, this is a stunning location for a canal boat holiday or any kind of cruising.
Sail along the Crinan Canal, one of the most beautiful waterways in Britain, and enjoy uninterrupted views of Scotland's breathtaking and rugged natural landscape.
Forth & Clyde Canal, Union Canal, The Falkirk Wheel
Take to the waters of the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals and explore Central Scotland from a new perspective.
Calling all Sailing Clubs - Flotillas and Musters welcome!
Cruise in the company of your friends and club colleagues to discover the wonders of the Caledonian and Crinan Canals - and receive some fantastic discounts in the process!
Boating Holidays & Boat Trips
Charter a yacht or hire a cruiser, stay on a hotel boat or a holiday barge, or even take a day-trip on the water.
Our Skipper’s Guides are your complete reference guide to boating on the Scottish Canals. Your guide includes navigational information such as canal dimensions, sea lock approaches, safety information, facilities at locations, as well as ideas for where to stop for a bite to eat, services for your boat, and useful contact numbers.
2017 SC Short Term Licence Fees
All powered craft using the Scottish canals require a licence, and we have a variety of short-term and transit licences available to suit your requirements. Licences are available to purchase at the Sea Locks or Canal Offices. Download the Transit & Short Term Visitor Licences for Leisure Craft to find out more.
Long Term Licences & Moorings
There are a number of long-term moorings available for leisure craft on Scotland’s canals. Take a look at our Long Term Licences & Moorings booklet for more information.