CANALS ACROSS SCOTLAND
Subtitled ‘Walking, cycling, boating, visiting’, this new edition of a book first published in 1997 is a useful guide for anyone enjoying Scotland’s lowland canals in any of those ways – but it’s also an enjoyable read. Along with plenty of useful information (especially for walkers) about the routes of the Forth & Clyde and Union canals from Edinburgh and Falkirk to Glasgow and Bowling, the author entertains readers with fascinating snippets of local history (everything from the Jacobites to the introduction of potatoes to Scotland) and the sometimes colourful characters who lived on the canal – such as the man who became a hero for rescuing people from the canal, until it transpired that his accomplice was pushing them in! The 2015 edition brings the story up to date, with the engineering challenges involved in reopening the canals in 2002, including the Falkirk Wheel and more recently the Kelpies – giant equine sculptures that stand guard over the new canal approach from the Forth.
Canals across Scotland, Hamish Brown, Whittles, whittlespublishing.com. £16.99, 978-1-84995-162-3