Over the weekend 24th – 26th May 2019, the largest ever flotilla to take place on Scotland’s canals travelled the Forth & Clyde Canal with 70 vessels, from steamboats and coastal rowers to Clyde Puffers and narrowboats, to celebrate the reopening of sea-to-sea transits on the Lowlands.
Thousands of people braved the dreich Scottish weather to cheer on the flotilla over three days, travelling from The Falkirk Wheel on Friday 24th May to Auchinstarry Marina on Saturday 25th May and onto Kirkintilloch – the Canal Capital of Scotland – on Sunday 26th May. Many more waved the boats off from The Falkirk Wheel on Saturday and stayed to enjoy the live music, activities, guided walks and talks, food and fun.
Boats from all across the canal network – and from as far afield as Bristol and Bath in the south to Cromarty Firth in the North – took part in the flotilla and live music entertained gathered crowds and boaters along the route while ceilidhs and evening celebrations at both Falkirk and Auchinstarry Marina encouraged people to relax, meet old friends and make new ones. More information about the flotilla is available here.
Funders, partners, politicians and businesses came together to celebrate the first ever Canal Volunteer Awards at The Falkirk Wheel on Friday night, and to recognise the tireless dedication of individuals, businesses and charities who have helped transform the canals. More information about the Volunteer Awards is available here.
Check out the festivities from the weekend below!