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