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Scottish Canals Delayed Season Opening 2021

Scottish Canals have taken the decision to delay the formal opening of the Lowland Canals for navigation to May 2021. This is due to the significant works programme currently being delivered across the network and the ways that Covid19 is impacting these works. The re-opening of the Scottish Canals will take place in two stages, firstly from May 1st and then from May 28th, 2021.

May 1st, 2021 Scottish Canal Opening

Our narrowboat base at Falkirk will be open from May 1st for short breaks. The following routes will be available to cruise:

Falkirk to the Kelpies

Take the Falkirk Wheel trip rotation (approx. 2hrs) and then cruise east on the Forth & Clyde Canal (approx. 4 hrs). Meet the boat movement team at a prearranged time at lock 16, transit down through the 15 locks to the Kelpies before morning up and staying overnight at the base of the Kelpies. You then return on the same route. Please note that all locks are manned and booking is required for the transit down and up the 15 locks to the Kelpies.

Falkirk – Auchinstarry (West on F & C) Approx 4hrs

Meet the boat movement team at a prearranged time at Bonnybridge Lift Bridge (approx. 30mins cruising from Falkirk) continue cruising through locks 17 – 20 (all manned) and up to Auchinstarry.

Falkirk – Kirkintilloch (West on F & C) Approx 6.5hrs
Meet the boat movement team at a prearranged time at Bonnybridge Lift Bridge (approx. 30mins cruising from Falkirk) continue cruising through locks 17 – 20 (all manned) and up to Auchinstarry. Once past Auchinstarry there are another 2 bridges that have to be opened for you Twechar & Hillhead Bridge.

Guests wanting to visit Glasgow are advised to moor up at Kirkintilloch and get a train from Lenzie or stop at Auchinstarry and get a train from Croy.

May 28th, 2021 Scottish Canal Opening

All cruising along the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Union Canal will be open. You can choose to spend a relaxing week cruising between Falkirk and Glasgow, or alternatively you can explore Scotland in the opposite direction, heading east, on the Union Canal between Falkirk and Edinburgh.  If you fancy a more strenuous short break you can reach one of these cities and return, or alternatively many guests enjoy a two week trip here to take in both of these sights.

You can find out more about our narrowboat holidays in Scotland from our base at Falkirk here.

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