SCOT­LAND

Canal Boat - - HOLIDAYS -

The Cale­do­nian Canal is un­like the rest of Bri­tain’s wa­ter­ways. It com­bines a chain of Scot­tish lochs – in­clud­ing the fa­mous Loch Ness – with con­nect­ing lengths of canal, built on an im­pres­sively large scale to take the 19th cen­tury’s ships. The re­sult is a coast-to-coast route across the High­lands that’s still used by seago­ing craft, but also makes for a com­pletely dif­fer­ent in­land boat­ing hol­i­day.

In con­trast, an­other set of coast-to-coast wa­ter­ways link Scot­land’s cap­i­tal and its most pop­u­lous city. The Forth & Clyde Canal and Union Canal be­tween them con­nect the Firth of Forth, the Firth of Clyde, and the cities of Glas­gow and Ed­in­burgh – and at Falkirk, they’re joined to­gether by the unique Falkirk Wheel, the world’s only ro­tat­ing boat lift.

Moor­ing with a view: Loch Ness forms part of the Cale­do­nian Canal

The unique Falkirk Wheel boat lift

Cruis­ing the low­land canals near Falkirk

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