Linlithgow’s Canal

The Union Canal was opened in 1822 to carry minerals from the industrial town of Falkirk to Edinburgh and passes through the scenic town of Linlithgow between the two.  Although not used for commercial purposes since the 1930′s the upsurge in the use of canals for leisure has seen it, and many other canals, been refurbished for pleasure boat use and the towpaths used as cycle and walking routes.  During our recent visit to the town we took a short walk along part of its length as it passes through Linlithgow…


The Union Canal basin in Linlithgow where some of the narrow boats are moored.


The boats are used for short cruises along the canal’s 30 mile (50km) length.


The canal was constructed along the 240ft (73m) contour to avoid excessive use of locks and passes through the higher areas of the town.


Sunlight glistens on the water beside the mooring platforms just past the basin.


The banks are so secluded you could be miles from anywhere.


After our short walk we retired to the Four Marys pub for a lovely dinner in cosy surroundings.



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