Marine Cruises narrowboat holiday hire on the Forth & Clyde

Narrowboat Holiday Hire on the Forth & Clyde and Union Canal


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 ( We will write again with further details as we receive them.

>> Scottish Canals Travel Update Here <<


The reopening in 2002 of these deep and wide Scottish Lowland Canals part funded by Millennium Commission has revived a 69 mile waterway route running from Glasgow to Edinburgh and the Irish Sea to the North Sea. The canals had been derelict for over 40 years, but now open up beautiful scenic routes for lucky boaters. You can cruise in either direction from our ideally situated base at the foot of the stunning Falkirk Wheel to reach Glasgow or Edinburgh. In fact with a bit of planning you can visit both in the same week! All moving bridges and locks are operated by British Waterways for you, so you can just sit back and enjoy the wonderful scenery.


The Falkirk Wheel

This is the world’s first rotating boat lift, which gives boats and boaters an exhilarating ride as they move between the Union Canal and the Forth and Clyde Canal. It is 35 metres high and replaces a flight of 11 locks long since filled in. More about the Falkirk Wheel.








Narrowboat Holiday Hire Going West on the Forth and Clyde Canal

Cruising west can take you to the centre of Glasgow or down to the sea at Bowling on the River Clyde. Many regard the canal between Falkirk and Kirkintilloch as one of the most attractive stretches of the Scottish Lowland Canals system.

Narrowboat Holiday Hire Going East on the Union Canal

If you ride up the Falkirk Wheel and pass through the two adjacent locks you reach the Union Canal, which is lock free throughout its entire length. This will eventually take you into the heart of historic Edinburgh, with all that it has to offer. Princes Street, the main shopping thoroughfare, and Edinburgh Castle are within easy walking distance of the canal basin. En route you will pass through the 690-yard Falkirk Tunnel and over the Avon and Almond aqueducts. You will also go through the ancient burgh of Linlithgow. Here you can visit the palace and loch, stock up with water and fresh supplies, and eat in one of the many local restaurants.



Scottish Lowland Canal facts…

Forth & Clyde Canal
Runs from Bowling to Grangemouth
Length 35 miles
Locks 39
Union Canal
Runs from Edinburgh to Falkirk
Length 32 miles
Locks Just the Falkirk Wheel!
Aqueducts 3



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.