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

Stand up paddleboarding - instructed session

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It's also important to note that some sections of the canals may be closed or have restrictions in place due to maintenance or events 

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

We want you to enjoy paddling on our canals safely. Here’s how.

Further information


Glasgow, Edinburgh
Forth & Clyde Canal
Union Canal

Opening Hours

Access all year


Own equipment / self led
Instructed lesson (1.5 hours)

Instructed lessons available at The Falkirk Wheel.

Register your trip

To register, simply fill out the form below. We’ll be in touch by email if we need any more information.

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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