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Download your walking guide to canals in and around Glasgow.
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View and download the Glasgow Canals walking guide

Scotland's canals provide unrivalled access to sailing, boating and paddle sports plus other fun and healthy activities, all set against fantastic landscapes and awesome scenery.

  • Yacht and small cruisers on a canal with a series of large locks in the background
    Negotiating the locks on the Caledonian Canal at Fort Augustus
  • Attractive barges berthed by a scenic canal bank
    The Union Canal at Ratho, Midlothian
A canal lock set against hilly Highland scenery

Major canals

As well as sailing, boating and paddle sports you can enjoy fishing, cycling, walking and other fun activities on Scotland's major canals – the Caledonian Canal, the Forth & Clyde Canal and the Crinan Canal.

Man tying up a barge to a canal bank

Boat Safety Scheme

Scottish Canals' Boat Safety Scheme ensure safe boat maintenance and operation on the Scottish canal network.