Winter Operating Hours

Planning to visit the Scottish canals over winter? Check here for our operating hours and any planned stoppages.

Caledonian Canal

Winter Closure

The Caledonian Canal will be closed to sea-to-sea traffic for a period this winter to allow essential repairs to be carried out at a number of canal locations.

Closed to through traffic from 4pm Friday 5th January 2018 until 9am Monday 19th March 2018.

During this closure navigation of some sections of the canal will be possible within our normal winter operating hours of Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm, with a minimum of 24 hours prior arrangement with the Canal Office (01463 725 500).

When the canal re-opens to through traffic on Monday 19th March 2018, normal winter operating hours of Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm will apply for that week. From Monday 26th March the canal’s spring operating hours of 8.30am – 5.30pm 7 days per week will come into effect.

Christmas and New Year arrangements

Vessels wishing to transit sea-to-sea before the Christmas and New Year break MUST enter the canal by 9am on Wednesday 20th December 2017 at the very latest to be sure of transit.

Vessels entering the sea locks for safe haven at Corpach and Seaport Marina MUST arrive by midday on Friday 22nd December 2017 at the very latest.

After New Year the canal will re-open to sea-to-sea traffic at 9am on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 for 3 days before the winter closure comes into effect. During these 3 days, normal winter operating hours of 9am – 4pm will apply.

Crinan Canal

From Monday 23rd October 2017 to Friday 2nd March 2018

Please give at least 24 hours’ notice of your arrival to avoid delays, 48 hours if the draft of your vessel is greater than 2.1m – call the Canal Office on 01546 603210

Mon-Fri (all structures*): 08.30 – 15:30 (last locking)

Lunch break 12:00-12.30

* During term time, the bridge at Lock 4 will not swing between 08.30 and 09:00

Please note, the last locking of the day must commence 30 minutes prior to close.

Christmas and New Year arrangements 

We are closed from 15:30 on Friday 22nd of December and re-open at 08.30 on Wednesday 3rd of January 2018.

Forth & Clyde and Union Canals

1st November 2016 to 31st March 2017

  • Monday to Thursday: 8am – 4pm
  • Friday: 8am – 3.30pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: by arrangement 48 hours in advance

Carron Sea Lock and Bowling Basin: 8am-4pm every day (except Christmas and New Year). Auchinstarry Basin and Edinburgh Quay: please check with local office to confirm operational hours.

Please note you must complete your last locking/ bridge movement 30 minutes before closing time above.

Please give at least 48 hours’ notice of your arrival or your plans to make transit along the canal – call us on 07810 794 467. Call this number to arrange passage and check for any updates.

The Falkirk Wheel

6th November 2017 to March 2018

  • Wednesday to Sunday: 11am to 4pm

Please give at least 48 hours’ notice of your arrival or your plans to transit The Falkirk Wheel – call us on 01324 676912. 

Winter maintenance closure:  6th November – 6th December.

During this period there will be no boat trips, but you can still enjoy our visitor centre!  The centre will be open Wednesday – Sunday.

Click here for full details of our Visitor Centre Winter Opening Hours and Boat Trip Times.