Since its re-birth as part of the Millennium Link Project, the Union Canal has come a long way from a derelict backwater to become one of Edinburgh’s most important heritage, recreational and community assets. The Union Canal is now enjoyed on a daily basis by people from across the city and beyond for a variety of uses including boating, rowing, walking, cycling and fishing.
The Union Canal is also a focus for new development, particularly at Fountainbridge, for new canal boat moorings and marinas and for canal-focused community activities. The multi award-winning Edinburgh Quay has even set the benchmark for canal side regeneration in the UK, transforming the Edinburgh terminus of the Union Canal into a thriving cosmopolitan environment.
To help improve the canal, the City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Canals have prepared the Edinburgh Union Canal Strategy. This provides a focus for new development including new moorings, lights and things to do.