Scottish Canals | Canal Travel (download and Read Skipper's guide) If you are in any doubt, please contact the local waterway office in advance where one of our staff will be happy to help you.
What is the latest time I can go through the locks and bridges?
Last locking or bridge movement is 30mins before closing. In peak summer, please allow extra time as there may well be other boats waiting to lock when you arrive. You will find the operating times on the Scottish Canals | Boating
Is there a speed limit on the canals?
Yes, the maximum speed limit for all craft is 5 knots. This is to help prevent excess wash from corroding the banks of the canal. There is no restriction on the loch sections of the Caledonian Canal.
Do you supply water points?
Yes but you must bring your own hose as we do not supply these.
Do I need to bring anything for locking?
Basic equipment needed for locking: 3 or 4 good quality ropes (10-15m length recommended), fenders to protect topsides – 3 or 4 per side should be enough, and lifejackets should available, and preferably worn, for all crew
How do I book assisted passage through the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals?
Call 07810 794 468 for assisted passage
Can I go through The Falkirk Wheel
Yes, use of the Wheel is free to all private pleasure boat licence holders. It is best to book your passage time ahead. Please refer to our Ongoing Works and Disruptions page.
I'm a Scottish Canals Berth Holder, can I visit the other Scottish Canals?
Scottish Canals Berth holders can spend up to 30 days on our other canals, by prior arrangement with the local waterway office.
Can I cruise the Caledonian Canal in a narrowboat?