We can’t wait to welcome you back to our waterways

Please note that your selected arrival date is not a guarantee of time or date of travel. Your licence will commence on entry to the canal pending vessel and document checks by the lock keeper. T&Cs apply.

When booking your boat length please use metres and centimetres to give an accurate measurement of your vessel. For example, if your boat is 8.5 metres long, please enter 8 in the LOA of boat (metres) box and 50 into the LOA of boat (centimetres) box.
Please note that boat lengths will be checked at the sea lock and in the event that manual adjustments need to be made, and admin fee will apply.

For information relating to Covid-19 and how it may affect your transit please click here.

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Border Restrictions – Quarantine

We are currently waiting on guidance from Scottish Government on international travel restrictions. Until this guidance is published we would kindly ask overseas boaters / boaters with overseas vessels not to book a transit licence until the new guidelines are in place.

You can follow the latest government guidance here.  We will also update this page as new information becomes available.

For more information relating to Covid-19 and how it may affect your transit please click here.

Caledonian Canal bookings

To maximise each locking at times of high demand in order to ensure all waiting boats are moved through a quickly as possible, the sea lock keeper will take boats in an order which fills each lock with the maximum number of boats.

Please be aware that lockings may not always be on a ‘first come first served’ basis but will recognise both arrival times and boat dimensions.

Crinan Canal bookings

Please note that due to water conservation efforts, The Crinan Canal will be operating on a maximum 2m draft from Monday 22nd July 2021 until further notice.


Please contact the sea lock of arrival approximately 1 hour prior to discuss Port or Starboard entry.

  • ASL 01546 602 458
  • CSL 01546 830 285
  • VHF Ch74

Commercial Booking

Vessels visiting the Caledonian Canal as part of a commercial itinerary, e.g. hotel boats that include the canal as part of their advertised programme, are subject to a 50 % surcharge on our short term licence fees.

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