Explore the canals like never before. Our network has the only magnet fishing agreement in the United Kingdom. Whether you are looking to try something new or play your part in keeping the canals clean, magnet fishing along our network will offer an alterative to standard fishing.


In late 2020, Scottish Canals entered the UK’s first magnet fishing agreement with Official Magnet Fishing Scotland, the new national body for the sport in Scotland.

Official Magnet Fishing Scotland are currently in the process of applying for scheduled monument consent from Historic Environmental Scotland which will allow members of the group to carry out the activity across the network. To magnet fish on Scotland’s canal network you must be a member of Official Magnet Fishing Scotland who will be covered by scheduled monument consent.

In early 2021, Scottish Canals will publish the UK’s first magnet fishing information and guidance leaflet which promotes safe working practices and useful contacts for magnet fishers.



Please note: Magnet Fishing on a canal without consent would be viewed as unauthorised work on a scheduled monument and could lead to fines of up to £50,000 as set out in Section 2 of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. You can read more about this here