The Forth and Clyde Canal links the east and west coasts of Scotland and is thirty five miles long. It passes through thirty nine locks and links the Firth of Forth to the Firth of Clyde. You can hire a canal boat for as little as a day, to a short break or a week or more away. This is a holiday that is a very different alternative from normal couple of weeks lying on overcrowded beach. Boating holidays on the Forth and Clyde Canal are all about the boat and not about getting to a specific destination. The boat is your accommodation and your means of transport.
You will, of course, pass through many places of interest along the way and you can stop off and do some exploring. Boating holidays on the Forth and Clyde pass through various landscapes and the section of canal between Falkirk and Kirkintilloch is considered to be the most beautiful stretches of lowland canal in Scotland. You will also pass through the centre of Glasgow and join the sea at Bowling on the River Clyde.
Whilst in Glasgow take advantage of the numerous shops, bars and restaurants. This is a vibrant city with a very busy and active nightlife. If you head east you can join the Union Canal which will take you into the centre of Edinburgh. The two canals connect by means of the Falkirk Wheel, which is the only rotating boat lift in the world. This magnificent piece of engineering rises thirty five meters and takes fifteen minutes to do it.
The boats are very spacious and can sleep up to ten people. They are extremely comfortable and have all the modern conveniences you need to make this a very comfortable holiday. The bed rooms are large and there is an open plan living space and a fully equipped galley. You can stop off at a waterside pub and sample Scotland’s national drink and have a hearty meal to accompany it. Boating holidays on the Forth and Clyde Canal are a great way to see the sights of this wonderful lowland region of Scotland.