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Forth & Clyde Canal

Description of Forth & Clyde Canal: A 35 mile canal, with 39 locks, from Bowling on the northern bank of the Clyde to the southern side of the Forth near Grangemouth.

History of Forth & Clyde Canal: Surveyed in 1726 and 1764, authorised by an Act of 1768, opened in 1790, closed in 1963. opened by the Queen on the 24th May 2002, is part of the 78 million Millennium Link project to restore the Forth & Clyde and the Edinburgh & Glasgow Union canals.
For more details see the History page.

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  • Re-Union Canal Boats Re-Union operates a canal boat on the Union Canal. We provide a unique space for a range of activities. From training sessions to youth groups, staff meetings to relaxing retreats.
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  • The Millennium Link - 2 An information and picture resource of the restoration of the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals in Scotland, including construction of the Falkirk Wheel.
  • Linlithgow Union Canal Society Linlithgow is on the Edinburgh & Glasgow Union Canal which is 31 miles long and links the centre of Edinburgh to the Forth & Clyde Canal at Falkirk.
  • Scottish Canal Cruising Trips on the Forth and Clyde in central Scotland and view the spectacular Falkirk Wheel.
  • Capercaillie Cruisers Canal Boat Hire in Scotland
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  • The Forth and Clyde Canal Society Formed in 1980 to campaign for the canal's restoration.
  • SideHatch Chandlery The Scottish chandlery specialising in equipment for canal users.
  • Marine Cruises Operate from three canal holiday bases, on the Llangollen Canal at Swanley Marina, on the Trent & Mersey Canal Kings Bromley Marina near Lichfield and at their Scotish Base at the foot of the Falkirk Wheel.

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of Forth & Clyde Canal: Length 68 foot 6 inches, beam 19 foot 8 inches. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

Forth & Clyde Canal: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Sea Lock No 2

Junction with the River Carron Navigation leading to the Firth of Forth.

0

1

N

0

Carron Cut Lock No 3

0.3

2

N

0

Abbotshaugh Lock No 4

1

3

N

0

Bainsford Lock No 5

Bainsford Bridge.

1.5

4

N

0

Falkirk Top Lock No 6

1.6

5

N

0

Falkirk Bottom Lock No 16

3.1

15

N

0

Junction with the Union Canal

Junction with Edinburgh and Glasgow Union Canal Leading to Golden Jubilee Lock and the Falkirk Wheel.

4.1

15

N

0

Bonnybridge Lift Bridge

6

15

N

0

Underwood Lock No 17

7.4

16

N

0

Castlecary Lock No 18

8

17

N

0

Castlecary Lock No 19

8.3

18

N

0

Wyndford Lock No 20

Rising to the Summit Level

9.4

19

N

0

Auchinstarry Bridge

12.9

19

N

0

Cadder Bridge

20.9

19

N

0

Stockingfield Junction

Junction with the branch to Glasgow Basin.

24.6

19

N

0

Maryhill Top Lock No 21

25.3

20

N

0

Maryhill Bottom Lock No 25

25.6

24

N

0

Temple Lock No 26

26.4

26

N

0

Temple Lock No 27

26.5

27

N

0

Cloberhill Top Lock No 28

27.8

28

N

0

Cloberhill Bottom Lock No 32

28.3

32

N

0

Boghouse Top Lock No 33

28.9

33

N

0

Boghouse Bottom Lock No 36

29.4

36

N

0

Dalmuir Drop Lock and Bridge

Constructed during the restoration of the canal to get the navigation under an exsisting bridge.

31.1

37

N

0

Dalnottar Lock No 37

32.9

38

N

0

Bowling Lock No 38

34

39

N

0

Bowling Basin and Sea Lock

34.1

40

N

0

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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