Our fears for the long-term future of Scotland’s canals
I RELOCATED FROM a leisure mooring on the River Wey to a residential mooring back home on the Union Canal in Scotland last summer. ( I cruised some 250 miles, single-handed to Cheshire prior to lift-out.)
There is much to be done to the Scottish Lowland Canals before they can begin to compare with the leisurely cruising available down south. Visitors should be aware that there is little or no availability of towpath mooring; with a limited number of pontoon visitor moorings available at a limited number of locations.
All locks, bridges and the Falkirk Wheel must be pre-booked to be batched through with other traffic. On the plus side, these restrictions mean that traffic is low and continuing to decrease; so you are unlikely to have much traffic to deal with.
The Scottish Lowland Canals are a wonderful amenity at risk. As members of the Scottish Canals Boater’s Group, we are campaigning to ensure that monies available to Scottish Canals are concentrated on maintaining and improving the navigations. Unless amenities are improved we fear for the long-term future of these canals. ROBIN FRYER, via email * Don’t miss our Union Canal cruise guide on page 7