Like most organisations across the world Covid-19 is having a big impact on our business. To allow us to open for the season and operate safely we have had to think outside the box and change how we do things.

This means that for loyal customers who have visited us in the past there are quite a few changes that you need to be aware of, for new customers visiting us for this first time we would like to extend a warm welcome to you and to let you know what to expect during your visit.

Crinan Canal – Sea locks and bridges will be operated by Scottish Canals staff, all other structures will be self-service, for crews of one a private pilot will be required you can find contacts for private pilots here. Please note crew should disembark at the jetty approaching lock 5  to operate lock gates

Caledonian Canal – All locks and bridges will be operated by Scottish Canals.

Dochgarroch, Tomahurich Bridge, Laggan Bridge, Laggan Locks and Gairlochy Locks will usually have team members stationed there.  On arrival and in the absence of a lock / bridge keeper then please check to see if there is a telephone number to call on the door of the operation booth.

Visiting from abroad? 

Important Guidance for Overseas Vessels Visiting Scotland’s Canals

Post-Brexit Customs and Immigration Requirements

Overseas vessels wishing to make first UK landfall at the Caledonian, Crinan or Forth and Clyde Canals must now follow carefully these two entry procedures, from UK Border Force, in advance of arrival:

  1. Customs reporting procedure
  1. Immigration reporting procedure

Scottish Government Covid-19 International Travel and Entry Restrictions

In recognition of the gradual easing of international travel to and from Scotland for leisure purposes, and the adoption of Red, Amber and Green travel lists, the following criteria will apply to leisure vessels wishing to access the Scottish Canal network until notified otherwise:

Details of which colour categories countries fall into and more detailed guidance can be found here

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