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Union Canal

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The Union Canal runs just over 30 miles from Edinburgh Quay to the Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first rotating boat lift.

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Originally built to transport coal, the Union Canal opened in 1822 and played an important part in the commercial link across central Scotland before the railway was established in 1842.

Today the Union Canal is popular with walkers, cyclists and those who enjoy coarse fishing. Landmarks include the Avon, Almond and Slateford aqueducts, and the famous Falkirk Wheel which joins the Union Canal with the Forth & Clyde Canal.

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Originally built to transport coal, the Union Canal opened in 1822 and played an important part in the commercial link across central Scotland before the railway was established in 1842.

Today the Union Canal is popular with walkers, cyclists and those who enjoy coarse fishing. Landmarks include the Avon, Almond and Slateford aqueducts, and the famous Falkirk Wheel which joins the Union Canal with the Forth & Clyde Canal.

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