1 Week Cruise
6 hours per day
Kelvingrove Art Gallery | Scottish Exhibition Centre
Possil Loch Nature Reserve
Rough Castle (Roman Fort)
Falkirk Wheel, Locks & Tunnel
The Union Inn
Linlithgow Palace and Loch
Niddry Castle (Privately owned)
Ratho (Edinburgh Canal Centre)
Our stunning Glasgow canals and Edinburgh canal boat holiday cruise begins at the Falkirk Wheel, one of the most stunning backdrops to any canal in the UK. The Wheel, around the height of eight double decker, is the world’s first rotating boat lift.
Upon leaving Falkirk Wheel you cruise along the Union Canal, one of the most famous of Scotland’s canals, and over the magnificent Almond Aqueduct, which is 420 feet long and carries the canal 76 feet above the River Almond.
Next, head through Linlithgow and stop off to see Linlithgow Palace, arguably Scotland’s finest surviving medieval building and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. The palace grounds house a beautiful public park known as The Peel, which is perfect for picnics.
Just down the water is Ratho, home to Edinburgh Canal Centre, and then the capital city itself. Edinburgh offers a mixture of beautiful iconic landmarks and symbols of contemporary British culture. Be sure to see the stunning Edinburgh Castle, walk and cycle along the Royal Mile and visit the Scotch Whisky Experience to try the ‘water of life’!
Once you have finished sightseeing in Edinburgh, head back towards Falkirk and descend the Wheel to join the Forth and Clyde Canal, which is another of the best-known canals in Scotland. This will take you through splendid scenery and villages such as Auchinstarry – the site of a Roman fort, and Kirkintilloch, which dates back to the 13th century. Finally, you will pass through the picturesque Cadder Village and on to Glasgow canal.
Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, is a stylish centre for a canal holiday with great shopping, nightlife and world-famous art collections. Buchanan Street is one of Britain’s finest for high-street and designer fashions and leads to the Gallery of Modern Art on Royal Exchange Square – an oasis of calm after a retail overload.
There are several magnificent museums and galleries in Glasgow to enjoy on your boating holiday in Scotland, including the School of Art, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the People’s Palace – plenty to keep you going!