Filming on Scotland’s Canals

A unique location

Scotland’s canals have starred in many productions – from in-depth documentaries to Hollywood blockbusters. The Forth & Clyde, Union and Monkland canals in the Lowlands, the Crinan Canal in Argyll and the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands together extend over 137 miles from coast to coast, across country and into the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness, and offer the perfect locations for all types of filming and photography.

As well as the waterways themselves, Scottish Canals care for bridges, buildings, locks, The Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies and water supply reservoirs in locations across Scotland.

Whether you’re standing in the shadow of the largest equine sculptures on the planet, sailing ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut,’ or following in the footsteps of the Gods at Neptune’s Staircase, our unique assets provide a huge variety of backdrops with great stories to match.

Our experts can offer advice in the history, archaeology, wildlife and modern usage of the nation’s 250-year-old canals and our filming team will help you find the perfect location and provide a single point of contact from your initial enquiry to the shoot.

For specific guidance on drone usage on Scotland’s canals, please see our guide here.

Please also note that filming charges normally apply to shoots undertaken along the canals; charges are scaled in order that they are appropriate to each production and, if charging is applicable to your production, we will be able to provide you a quote on receipt of your application. All applications will be charged a non-refundable £150 (+VAT) admin fee.

Please ensure that applications are submitted at least four weeks prior to the commencement of your Scottish Canals shoot. We cannot guarantee that a shoot can take place if an application is not given this timeframe to be considered by the relevant member of Scottish Canals supervising staff. Any applications submitted within two weeks of filming will incur an additional non-refundable £150 (+VAT) admin fee. Any applications submitted within one week of filming will incur an additional non-refundable £300 (+VAT) admin fee.

Get in touch and see how we can help

Due to our current heavy workload, please ensure that applications are submitted at least four weeks prior to the commencement of your Scottish Canals shoot.
We cannot guarantee that a shoot can take place if an application is not given this timeframe to be considered by the relevant member of Scottish Canals supervising staff.

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