Enjoy a Journey Like No Other With Scottish Canals

Scottish Canals promises a “journey like no other” thanks to the introduction of a new online booking system for boaters.

Following a successful pilot of the new system on the Crinan Canal in August, those looking to explore Scotland’s waterways are also able to book transit licences for the Caledonian Canal in advance of their journey, on Scottish Canals’ new microsite: scottishcanals.co.uk/YCW2020.

The new digital licences and booking process form just one part of ensuring customers benefit from an unrivalled experience when visiting Scotland’s inland waterways. From the myths and majesty of the Caledonian Canal to the wildlife and wonder on the Crinan Canal, or the life less ordinary to be experienced on the Lowland Canals, Scottish Canals promises a journey like no other, from planning through to exiting the sea lock.

“There’s no denying that our 2020 boating season has looked vastly different to any other. This means we have had to think outside the box in terms of operating, and extending online licences to our customers ensures we can still offer the experience of our canals in a safe way, which limits contact – and therefore limits risk of transmission – to customers.

“With many people looking to take breaks closer to home, we want to remind boaters and staycationers alike that the canals offer a journey like no other. Whether you’re travelling through the Great Glen and exploring the Scottish Highlands, taking advantage of Britain’s most beautiful shortcut, or sailing through the sky on The Falkirk Wheel, our canals offer an experience second to none.

“A journey like no other begins with a click of a button and ends where your imagination allows.”

Catherine Topley, Chief Executive, Scottish Canals

To coincide with the online booking system, Scottish Canals has also released a Journey Like No Other video, which showcases the beauty and appeal of Scotland’s inland waterways. From sailing down Neptune’s staircase and waking up to a view of Ben Nevis, to spotting rare pine marten and basking in an epic starlit sky on the Crinan Canal, there’s an adventure for everyone to enjoy.

Scottish Canals offers the opportunity to transit the waterways with your own vessel or a hired boat. For information on hire boat operators on the canals, customers are advised to visit the Boating section of Scottish Canals’ website.

Notes to Editors

For further information, please contact:

Kimberley Manderson at Scottish Canals on 07976526694 or email Kimberley.Manderson@scottishcanals.co.uk

Eden Morrison at Scottish Canals on 07976555241 or email Eden.Morrison@scottishcanals.co.uk

Notes to the editor:

About Scottish Canals

New microsite https://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/ycw2020/ was created by Scottish Canals in celebration of 2020/21 Year of Coasts and Waters. The site contains information on how to enjoy each of Scotland’s canals by boat, bike or boot.

For information on how to book a boating holiday on Scotland’s canals, including details of hire boat operators, customers are advised to visit: https://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/activities/boating/

Scottish Canals is responsible to the Scottish Government for the management and development of the Union, Monkland, Forth & Clyde, Crinan and Caledonian Canals. As well as the waterways themselves, Scottish Canals care for 251 bridges, 212 buildings, 256 locks, The Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies and 19 water supply reservoirs in locations across Scotland. The reservoirs cover an area equivalent to 7,494 football pitches and supply the canals with the 332 million litres of water which flow through them each day.

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. Built two hundred years ago to fire the Industrial Revolution, Scotland’s canals are now recognised as Scheduled Monuments and attract 22million visits per year.

For more information, visit www.scottishcanals.co.uk or follow @ScottishCanals on Twitter

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