Discover popular launch points, scenic highlights, and the diverse paddling experiences offered by each canal, allowing you to plan your own unforgettable journey on these historic waterways.
Embark on an aquatic adventure along the Union Canal and Forth and Clyde, where history and natural beauty intertwine. Paddle through scenic waterways, passing iconic landmarks like the majestic Kelpies and the awe-inspiring Falkirk Wheel. Immerse yourself in the enchanting surroundings, where every stroke unveils a captivating story of Scotland's rich heritage.
The Forth & Clyde Canal runs from the River Carron in Grangemouth to Bowling on the River Clyde, while the Union Canal runs from Falkirk to Edinburgh. Both canals offer a range of paddling opportunities, with access points and facilities located throughout the route. Some popular launch points include:
- Auchinstarry Marina, near Kilsyth
- The Falkirk Wheel, near Falkirk
- Almondell & Calderwood Country Park, near Edinburgh
It's important to note that the canal has several locks and swing bridges that may require portaging or coordination with lock keepers. There may also be restrictions on certain sections of the canal during maintenance or events. Please visit our section on bridges and locks for more information.
Stay safe - Etiquette and best practice
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Disruptions on the canal
Please refer to the “Ongoing work” section of the website for details of winter closures for maintenance work.Ongoing works
Where to rent equipment
Find guided trips, equipment hire and shuttle services for paddling on Scotland's Canals.Paddle hire