Our Vision

Find out about the Scottish Government’s policy for Scottish Canals, and our bold new vision.

Over the last decade, a new vision for Scottish Canals has driven the nation’s 250-year-old inland waterways into a renaissance, reimagining these former industrial transport arteries as corridors of opportunity, tourism, and transformation that greatly benefit the people and economy of Scotland.

Find out more about our vision for Scotland’s canals here.

The Future

Corporate Plan 2020-23

Scotland’s Canals have a proud and rich history, having contributed to the country’s economy for over 200 years.

Whilst the goods and people they once transported powered the industrial revolution, today the canals drive transformational change, through investment in regeneration and tourism, alongside tackling global issues such as health inequality and climate change. Having enjoyed a renaissance of the canals over the last few years, we are now adapting and using the canals for 21st century purposes; reimagining the ways we value, protect and enjoy our environment.

Find out about our plans for the future