You can view our frequently asked questions on magnet fishing below.

Can I go magnet fishing on the canal?

To go magnet fish on Scotland’s canal network you require Scheduled Monument Consent from Historic Environment Scotland.

Official Magnet Fishing Scotland now has consent from Historic Environment Scotland which covers members of their group.

Is there a licence or costs for magnet fishing on the canal?

No, the only requirement to magnet fish on Scotland’s canal network is Scheduled Monument Consent from Historic Environment Scotland.

Will I be able to magnet fish as an individual or as part of a group?

You can apply for Scheduled Monument Consent from Historic Environment Scotland as an individual or as a group.

Official Magnet Fishing Scotland have now been granted Scheduled Monument Consent from Historic Environment Scotland which covers members of the group who can take part in the activity as an individual or as a group.

Where can I magnet fish?

When submitting an application for Scheduled Monument Consent from Historic Environment Scotland you must apply for specific areas of the canal network.

Official Magnet Fishing Scotland now have consent for sections of the Union Canal. Further Scheduled Monument Consents will be submitted to cover areas of both the Caledonian Canal and Forth and Clyde Canal.

If I magnet fish without the consent what can happen?

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 by Historic Environment Scotland and could lead to fines of up to £50,000. You can read more about this here on Historic Environment Scotland’s website.

Useful links

You can join Official Magnet Fishing Scotland here.

You apply for a Scheduled Monument Consent from Historic Environment Scotland here.