Canal Volunteers

Help safeguard the future of Scotland's canals! Get involved and sign up to become a Canal Volunteer!

Help safeguard the future of Scotland’s canals!


Due to staffing issues, we are currently not organising any new volunteering events for the coming weeks.

If you want to add your name to our database in the meantime, please email our volunteering inbox at and we will contact you when we have an opportunity available.

Volunteers play a vital role in the restoration and renaissance of Scotland’s canals, and we’re working with with The Lowland Canals Volunteer Group to encourage even more Canal Volunteers to get involved in managing and looking after their canals in a sustainable and productive way which helps everyone.

If you have some spare time and would like to make friends, learn new skills and help ensure the nation’s biggest linear park continues to welcome millions of cyclists, walkers, boaters, kayakers and anglers each year, then why not become a Canal Volunteer!

From cataloguing the historic wonders of our centuries-old archive to assisting vessels through lock gates or helping keep our canals litter free on the water and the banks, there are a huge number of ways to get involved. Our projects often involve developing your skills or learning something new, and are a great opportunity for personal development.


Forth & Clyde, Union and Crinan Canals:

Find out how you can get involved, email us at today.


Canal Volunteer Awards

On Friday the 24th of May 2019 Scottish Canals held the very first Lowland Canal Volunteer Awards!

The awards celebrated individuals, businesses, charities and Scottish Canals staff for their valuable contribution to the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals. The celebrations also saw the very first individuals inaugurated into our Canals Hall of Fame, as the indispensable efforts that have placed them at the heart of the canals called to be honoured. Their ongoing support will see Scotland’s canals continue to prosper, and will help to safeguard the waterways for future generations to enjoy, and for that, we thank them!


Canal Volunteers is a partnership between Scottish Canals, the Scottish Waterways Trust and the Lowland Canals Volunteer Group, building on many years of volunteering success by putting volunteers at the heart of Scottish Canals’ repair and maintenance programme for many years to come.

Scottish Waterways Trust (SWT)

Scottish Waterways Trust is Scotland’s only national waterways charity, creating brighter futures for people, wildlife and communities along Scotland’s canals.

By connecting people with the heritage, wildlife and green open spaces of the Scottish canals, SWT inspires people to get active, improve their health and mental well-being, employment prospects and community life.

Find out more at or at @ScotlandsCanals.

The Lowland Canals Volunteer Group

The Lowland Canals Volunteer Group has been running since 2010 and was set up to harness the power of volunteering, has a history of contributing to the long-term sustainability of Scotland’s canals.