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Edinburgh & Glasgow Union Canal

Also known as the Union Canal, the Edinburgh & Glasgow Union Canal runs from the Forth & Clyde Canal at Falkirk to a terminus in Edinburgh. The waterway features the Falkirk Wheel Boat Lift.

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Facts & Stats

32 miles

(51.2km)

The length of the Edinburgh & Glasgow Union Canal that is navigable.

2 locks

+ Boat lift

1822

Year opened

From the Forth & Clyde Canal to Edinburgh

The Union Canal was opened in 1822 for the transport of coal to Edinburgh. The canal was abandoned in 1965 and restored as part of the Millennium Link project.

Waterway notes

Maximum boat sizes

  • Length: 70′ (21.3 metres)
  • Beam: 12′ (3.6 metres)
  • Height: 9′ (2.7 metres)
  • Draught: 3′ (0.9 metres)

Navigation authority

Scottish Canals

Waterway news

Funding of waterways managed by the Environment Agency

Along with its many environmental responsibilities, the Environment Agency manages the navigation of 630 miles of waterways – such as the River Thames and the River Medway in the south east – and many waterways in the Anglian Region.

Funding of Scottish Canals

150 miles of canal in Scotland are managed by Scottish Canals, the name for what remains of the British Waterways Board after their waterways in England and Wales were transferred to Canal & River Trust in 2012.