Can I go magnet fishing on the canal?
Yes, once the consent process is completed. You must be a member of Official Magnet Fishing Scotland who are in the process of applying for Scheduled Monument Consent and stick to the pre-agreed locations.
Is there a licence or costs for magnet fishing on the canal?
No, Scottish Canals are working with Official Magnet Fishing Scotland who are going through the consent process to carry out magnet fishing on the canal in pre-agreed areas. The consent covers all members in the group and there is no cost to any magnet fishers.
Will I be able to magnet fish as an individual or as part of a group?
As a member of Official Magnet Fishing Scotland, you will be covered by the consent and will be able to magnet fish on your own or as part of a group.
If I magnet fish without the consent what can happen?
In order to magnet fish on one of Scotland’s canals it is a legal requirement to have Scheduled Monument Consent. As set out in Section 2 of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979, magnet fishing on a canal without this consent would be viewed as unauthorised work on a scheduled monument and could lead to fines of up to £50,000. You can read more about this here
Where can I magnet fish?
Scottish Canals and Official Magnet Fishing Scotland have agreed suitable locations across Scotland’s canal network for the activity to take place. Scottish Canals will provide the group with an interactive map once the consent process is complete.
What do I do if I find something which I am unsure about in the canal?
Scottish Canals are working with our partners to produce a leaflet for all magnet fishers in Official Magnet Fishing Scotland. The leaflet will provide numbers to call if you find anything that could be dangerous or historically significant.
When can I go out on the canal?
Scottish Canals have now entered an agreement with Official Magnet Fishing Scotland and are actively working on a Scheduled Monument Consent application which is a legal requirement to carry out works on the canal. Once submitted the consent can take up to two months for Historic Environment Scotland to come to a decision.