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Forth & Clyde and Union Canal | Scotland: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 111 km
Number of locks: 39
Lock dimensions: 20.20 x 6.00
Max. depth: 1.80
Max. headroom: 3.00
Degree of difficulty: For beginners (few locks)
Requirements: no rating
Character of waterway: old waterway, to be rediscovered
Profile of waterway: Used by tourists only
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Waterway has access to:

Atlantic Sea

Forth & Clyde Canal
With this direct connection from the North Sea to the Atlantic, an old dream of the Scottish people became reality. In 1650 King Charles gave orders for the construction in order to avoid the troublesome circumnavigation of the Hebrides with his war vessels.
 In 1784 the Edinburgh and Glasgow Union Canal connected Falkirk with Edinburgh. This finally allowed the rivaling inhabitants of the two biggest Scottish towns to meet by boat too.

The Falkirk Wheel


The Millennium Link was an ambitious £84.5m project with the objective of restoring navigability across Scotland on the historic Forth & Clyde and Union Canals, providing a corridor of regenerative activity through central Scotland.
A major challenge faced, was to link the Forth and Clyde Canal, which lay 35m (115ft) below the level of the Union Canal. Historically, the two canals had been joined at Falkirk by a flight of 11 locks that stepped down across a distance of 1.5km, but these has been dismantled in 1933, breaking the link.
What was required was a method of connecting these two canals by way of a boat lift. British Waterways were keen to present a visionary solution taking full advantage of the opportunity to create a truly spectacular and fitting structure that would suitably commemorate the Millennium and act as an iconic symbol for years to come.
The resultant, a perfectly balanced structure that is The Falkirk Wheel - the world's first and only rotating boat lift - was the eventual outcome of British Waterways collaboration with a design team that combined international experience of joint venture contractor Morrison-Bachy-Soletanche with leading specialists from Ove Arup Consultants, Butterley Engineering and Scotland-based RMJM architects.
Completion of The Millennium Link project was officially marked by Her Majesty The Queen on 24 May 2002 at The Falkirk Wheel.

Houseboat & Narrow Boat Hirer Forth & Clyde and Union Canal

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Forth & Clide and Union Canal (with the Crinan Canal) / GEO

Author: Geoprojects  /  Language: English
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Tourist map of the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals with the Crinan Canal featuring the canal corridors at 1:60,000 showing boat user facilities with details of boatyards, boat hire and boat trip operaters. Illustrated guide to the canal features of interest. 248 x 910mm - Sheet

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