There's no better way to admire the country at its most beautiful than by visiting our canals, rivers and lochs.


Inverness River Ness dusk

Our breathtaking rivers range from cascading mountainous burns to meandering lowland rivers, many of which are teeming with aquatic life and rare habitats. You might even see endangered species such as the water vole, rare freshwater pearl mussels and the recently reintroduced European beaver.


Loch Linnhe

These large stretches of water are a unique feature of the Scottish landscape and there are thousands of them dotted across the land. We've got large ones, small ones and mysterious ones, all waiting to be explored. Lochs are perfect for gentle circular walks, and you are likely to come across incredible species of wildlife, flora and fauna on your wanders.


Falkirk Canal

Scotland's canals provide unrivalled access to watersports and activities, all set against awesome scenery. We have five major canals: the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands, the Crinan Canal in the heart of Argyll and the Forth & Clyde Canal and Monkland Canal in the central belt. The network is completed by the Union Canal.

Whether you sail, cycle or walk, a trip along Scotland's peaceful waterways will be a relaxing voyage of discovery.