Voyaging through the Falkirk Tunnel
The Falkirk Tunnel is only wide enough for one way traffic.
Please follow the safety information signs and comply with the light signals displayed at each end of the tunnel.
Switch on your headlight, navigation lights and some interior lights.
Whoever is steering should have a waterproof torch and wear waterproof clothing.
FIXED RED = Tunnel clear of traffic. Proceed towards the entrance with caution. The light will change to FIXED GREEN as you pass the sensor, confirming you’re clear to proceed.
FLASHING RED = Boat, or several boats, approaching in the tunnel. Wait, (moored) clear of the entrance. The light will change to FIXED GREEN when the opposing traffic has cleared the tunnel.
When entering the tunnel, always check it’s clear and that no other vessels, particularly small craft, have come through against the signals.
Approach slowly on the towpath side. If you have to wait your turn, stay well clear of the entrance. As you go in, sound one long blast on your horn.
Steer by looking at one side of the tunnel only and keep to a moderate speed. Move your tiller or wheel as little as possible. It’s common to mistakenly feel the boat is being pulled to the side.
Keep at least 2 minutes (at normal cruising speed), or about 160m, behind any boat in front of you.
DO NOT stop in the tunnel.