2021 celebrates Scotland’s Year of Coasts & Waters with a programme of events and activities which will shine a spotlight on the country’s rivers, canals, lochs and coastlines. Whether you want to experience the tranquillity of sailing through ‘Britian’s most beautiful shortcut’ as you set off to explore our rural islands or go ‘Nessie’ spotting on the iconic Loch Ness the Crinan and Caledonian canals eagerly await you.

Already ticked the Crinan and Caledonian canals off your bucket list? Our Lowland canals offer the right amount of solitude as you pass between our main towns, cities and tourist attractions including the iconic Kelpies and the worlds only rotating boat lift – The Falkirk Wheel.

The Forth & Clyde Canal is open for coast to coast transits whilst the Union Canal offers a chance to explore Scotland’s capital, the city of Edinburgh, from the water.

No matter which canal you choose to explore we guarantee you it’ll be a journey like no other.

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Proud Supporter of YCW 2020/21

Led by VisitScotland, the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020/21 builds on the momentum of previous themed years, celebrating Scotland’s vast array of waterways – which of course includes canals.

Scottish Canals is a proud supporter of this theme and when it is safe to do so we will bring a programme of activity, celebrating and promoting our inland waterways whilst highlighting our canals as inclusive spaces to work, live and play, accessible to all.

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