Update: Issued 7TH March
The magnificent Kelpies and historic Edinburgh are all available along with the incredible Falkirk Wheel, but we have now received confirmation from Scottish Canals that the Twechar and Bonnybridge lift bridges will remain inoperable this season, so access to Glasgow is not possible.
Late last week Scottish Canals advised us of a temporarily closure of the Forth & Clyde Canal between the Twechar and Bonnybridge lift bridges. Since then we have been working to try and understand how this could impact your holiday.
The closure was a result of recent inspections which showed that the mechanisms of these bridges have now reached a point where Scottish Canals believes their operation could pose a risk to public safety. Scottish Canals are not able to give us any definitive timescales of when the temporary closure will be lifted. The initial estimates are between 10 and 30 weeks. There is still normal cruising available from our base at The Falkirk Wheel to Edinburgh city centre and of course you can also still visit the magnificent Kelpies.
We are sorry we cannot provide any more detail at this time, you can check the latest announcements regarding this closure on the Scottish Canals website (https://www.scottishcanals.
Our Falkirk base is at the foot of the famous Falkirk Wheel in Scotland. This is the world’s first rotating boat lift, which gives boats and boaters an uplifting ride as they move west onto the Forth and Clyde Canal or East to the Union Canal.
Cruising west can take you to the centre of Glasgow which is known for being one of the most lively and cosmopolitan cities in Europe. It has been reborn as a centre of style and vitality set against a backdrop of outstanding Victorian architecture. So if you like tradition and modernity then Glasgow is the place for you.
The Union Canal on the other hand will take you all the way to the heart of historical Edinburgh. Princes Street is applauded for a great shopping experience and Edinburgh Castle and Zoo are great attractions for a fun, exciting day out.
For more information about bookings and Marine Cruises narrowboat holidays contact:
Marine Cruises, Nursery Cottage, Liverpool Road, Moston, Chester, CH2 4BA
Tel 01244 373911
Marine Cruises Ltd: VAT Reg No. 692 3597 92
A rover ticket will be charged by Scottish Canals to the customers of the Boat Provider for use of the Lowland Canals. This will be a flat charge of £25 for any holiday over three nights. Use up to three days will be charged at £15. This ticket will be administered by Scottish Canals through their website and office. The Boat Provider will be obliged to inform the customers’ of the need for payment of the Rover Ticket when booking the holiday, but actual payment will be taken on the first day of the holiday at the office at the Location. The price of the Rover Ticket will be reviewed annually by both parties, with a view to it increasing over time as long as it does not impact on occupancy numbers. If this were to be the case the level of the rover ticket charge would be reviewed.