Please stay local.

We have multiple measures in place to protect our customers, boaters, the public and staff, and encourage you to take the necessary steps to look after yourself and others.

Be Safe.  Please follow all health and safety notices and government advice during your visit. This includes keeping 2m apart from others, washing your hands, not touching shared surfaces and following the Scottish Government’s Test, Trace and Isolate if you show Covid-19 symptoms.

Be Smart. Take sensible steps to avoid breaking the guidelines, for example if an area of the towpath ahead looks busy, step out of the path to let others pass. If this is not possible, please consider turning back or finding an alternative route.

Be Kind. Be mindful of other users and our staff. Please be patient; you may need to wait and it may take you slightly longer to get where you want to go.

The towpaths remain open and accessible to use as they are important for transport purposes, provide access to boaters, and have multiple access points which are used by local communities across Scotland for their leisure.

Joining the local cyclists, walkers, runners and people currently enjoying the towpaths safely, from Friday 29 May, we welcome individuals back to their local canal to canoe, kayak, SUP, row and fish – as long as they follow the Scottish Government guidance. Boaters are welcome back to the canals too, but locks & bridges are not in operation yet & please remember our teams haven’t been able to prepare the channel. Please visit our FAQ’s section for more information.

Please continue to follow government guidelines when using our canals and towpaths, stay local (within 5 miles of your home) and keep 2m away from others where possible.

We urge you to act responsibly, do not gather in groups of more than two households (and up to a maximum of eight people) and keep a safe distance from moored boats and Scottish Canals staff at work.

At various points along the Scottish Canal towpath network, there are areas which are less than 2m wide and may run through popular and busy locations. Please limit usage of these sections and consider if there is an alternative route you can use to reduce congestion and numbers of towpath users.

Please remember our towpaths are shared spaces so please be mindful of others; look ahead, cyclists please slow down, use your bell and take sensible steps to avoid breaking the guidelines.

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For any other queries about Scottish Canals and COVID-19, please see our FAQs page.

Keep up to date with the latest NHS information on the NHS Inform page.

Keep up to date with the latest advice from Scottish Government on their website here.

Please refer to Sustrans for more information on cycling.

Events on our canals

Please note that due to COVID-19, any events scheduled to take place up to and including 31st August 2020 will not go ahead. This is in line with government guidelines surrounding public gatherings.
Government guidance is still to avoid large scale events with people gathering together, and the size of our towpaths mean it isn’t always possible to keep 2 metres away from each other, therefore it will not be possible to accommodate any event requests at this time. Scottish Canals will review government guidelines as the situation evolves, and will update this page and our COVID-19 FAQs as and when any changes are made.