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  • Attractive barges berthed by a scenic canal bank
    The Union Canal at Ratho, Midlothian

All craft using Scotland’s canals are required to comply with the Scottish Canals' Boat Safety Scheme to ensure safe boat maintenance and operation by all users.

For craft on passage - up to 28 days - insurance details to confirm third party cover of £1 million will be required. Random inspection for gas and fuel leaks using a portable detector, and of visible electrical systems for signs of heat damage may also be carried out.

Those wishing to berth for longer periods are required to have their vessel examined by an approved British Waterways Examiner or Surveyor.

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