Avon Aqueduct on the Union Canal near Linlithgow, in autumnal colours.. It is 810 feet (250 m) long and 86 feet (26 m) high; it is the longest and tallest aqueduct in Scotland, and the second longest in Britain .©peter Sandground Crinan Classics
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With the Scottish canals on your doorstep, improve your knowledge and check out these fascinating facts!

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Waterway Miles

There are five Scottish canals, together making 137 linear miles of waterway network:
60 miles - Caledonian Canal
9 miles - Crinan Canal
35 miles - Forth & Clyde Canal
2 miles - Monkland Canal
31 miles - Union Canal

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Between them, the canals contain 7,766 ML (megalitres) of water

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The Scottish canals are supplied by 19 reservoirs, holding a total of 18,304 ML of water

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Lochs and locks!

We have the navigation rights to four lochs, including Loch Ness

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We are guardians of:
1,500 hectares of land and water
90 locks
98 road bridges
77 accommodation bridges
50 foot bridges
8 railway bridges
2 towpath bridges

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Millions of visitors!

Over 22 million people visit the Scottish canals each year

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The Falkirk Wheel

The world's first - and only - rotating boat lift is The Falkirk Wheel , which links the Union and Forth & Clyde Canals.
The Falkirk Wheel is 35 metres tall, the equivalent of 8 double decker buses stacked on top of each other!