We have multiple measures in place to protect our customers, boaters, volunteers and staff, and encourage you to take into consideration how you can do the same to look after yourself and others.

The towpaths and public spaces 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 leisure purposes. Please follow government guidelines when using towpaths, keep a distance from others where possible, and avoid touching hard surfaces such as walls and benches. For more information visit www.gov.scot.

We urge you to act responsibly, follow government advice 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, please be mindful of others when walking, cycling or wheeling, particularly more vulnerable groups and take sensible steps to avoid breaking the guidelines.

For more information on using the towpaths please read our FAQ.

Before you leave:

✔️Check the latest government guidelines

✔️Consider alternative routes that may give you access to wider paths especially if you are in a family group

✔️Try to avoid busy times if you can, its likely to be busiest early mornings, lunch times and early evenings.

Whilst on our canal towpaths:

Keep a 1m distance from others where possible

Look ahead, and where possible move in to let people pass

If you are cycling, slow down, ring your bell or call when approaching people and be patient with older people and disabled people. If its difficult to pass stop.

Access points may get congested if they are busy hold back until its clear to enter

Avoid any stretches of the canal with boats moored against the towpath where possible, if you are passing a boat please keep as far away as possible

If the canal or public place you are visiting appears busy please do not add to the congestion

If you see a member of canal staff at work please maintain at least a 1m distance

Avoid touching hard surfaces such as gates, walls and benches where possible

Be mindful of others, particularly vulnerable groups, and take all sensible steps to avoid breaking the guidelines

When you get home:

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with hot soapy water.


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

For the latest information from Scottish Government please visit www.gov.scot

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

Please refer to Sustrans for more information on cycling.