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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, whit­tle­spub­lish­ £16.99, 978-1-84995-162-3

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