Walks along Union Canal
a barge crossing an aqueduct on the Union Canal
cycling along one of the aqueducts on the Union Canal
barges on the Union Canal
a boat moored on the Union Canal at Harrison Park, Edinburgh
The Union Canal stretches 35 miles from Fountainbridge in Edinburgh to Falkirk, where it joins the Forth and Clyde Canal. The footpath which follows the canal is a great way to discover Scotland’s rich industrial heritage and enjoy the great outdoors simultaneously.
This fascinating walk will allow you to take in engineering marvels such as aqueducts including the Slateford Aqueduct which takes the canal over the Water of Leith in Edinburgh, the Almond Aqueduct near Ratho and the 810-ft-long Avon Aqueduct near Linlithgow, the second longest in the United Kingdom.
Engineering enthusiasts will also appreciate tunnels, viaducts and bridges encountered along the way.
Follow the path out of the city and you will be rewarded with the sight of the beautiful West Lothian countryside. The Union Canal walk also offers a great opportunity to enjoy the tranquil setting of the canal and the wildlife such as herons, kingfishers and ducks which make the canal their home. A great way to spend a day watching the boats go by.
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