Works on the Union Canal at Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

Update 4th April 2017

The towpath works at Boroughmuir are now complete and the route has reopened. Thank you for everyone’s patience and understanding.

Update 2nd March 2017

Following the earlier temporary closure, the towpath at Boroughmuir, Edinburgh, between Gibson Terrace and Leamington Lift Bridge is now closed for five weeks.  This is to allow hard-edge moorings to be created.

There is signage onsite on the towpath, including details of the alternative route – via Gibson Terrace, Dundee Street and Gilmore Park, as shown in the map below.

We apologise for any inconvenience the works may cause.

Update 17th February 2017

The towpath between Gibson Terrace and Leamington Lift Bridge at Boroughmuir, Edinburgh, has now reopened. Thank you to everyone for their patience and understanding during the works.

Update 1st February 2017

The towpath between Gibson Terrace and Leamington Lift Bridge at Boroughmuir, Edinburgh, will be temporarily closed from Monday 13 February for a maximum of 1 week.  This is to allow works including a canal towpath wall study and recording.

Signage will be posted on the towpath and at towpath access points to inform users, and to advise of an alternative route.  Signage will continue along the alternative route.

We apologise for any inconvenience the works may cause.



Update 3rd November 2016

As part of the works on the new Boroughmuir High School, contractors will be closing the local towpath for works for two weeks, starting on Monday 21st November.  Please keep an eye out for signage, which should be in place by the end of this week.

A diversion will be in place, with signage to show the diverted route.

The staircase from Viewforth to the towpath will also be closed for one week, from Monday 7 November – the contractor apologies for the short notice of this closure.


Update 13th September 2016

Initial surveys have been completed ahead of schedule and the towpath will reopen on the morning on Wednesday 14th September. Thanks for everyone’s patience. This page will be updated with more information on the next phase of works soon.

Update 8th September 2016

Works have been delayed by a week, so the towpath diversion will now be in place from Monday 12th September to Thursday 15th September.


Scottish Canals is set to transform the capital’s canal at Fountainbridge with a programme of works which will see the area benefit from towpath upgrades, vibrant landscaping and new moorings.

With the new Boroughmuir High School opening in 2017 and further development expected in the surrounding area, Scottish Canals, Sustrans Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council are planning a series of works to ensure even more people can safely enjoy the Union Canal.

The programme of works will include towpath upgrades, landscaping, repairs to the canal wall, essential archaeological surveying and the installation of new moorings.

Works will get underway on Monday 5th September and will last approximately four months with the towpath being closed at different intervals during this time.


From Monday 5th September to Thursday 8th September a simple diversion will be in place to direct towpath users heading west along the canal. The diversion route will take users along Gibson Street to Dundee Street then back down Gilmore Park onto the towpath. For users heading east along the canal the diversion route will be reversed (Gilmore Park – Dundee Street – Gibson Street).

As work progresses further updates will be provided, including details of diversions, via and @scottishcanals

Diversion route

Diversion route

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