April 1, 2013 - June 2, 2014

Central Scotland City to City Canoe Trail

City of Edinburgh, East Dunbartonshire, Falkirk, Glasgow City, North Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian
Recreation & Active Travel, Water Environment
CSGN Development Fund
Richard Millar
Lead Partners:
Scottish Canals
Sportscotland, 7 local authorities, City of Edinburgh, West Lothian, Falkirk, North Lanarkshire, Glasgow City, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire,

Project background

Scottish Canals was awarded £36,487 to develop a Central Scotland City to City Canoe Trail, utilising the Union and Forth & Clyde Canals. The trail is 92 kilometres in length and runs from Pinkston Basin immediately to the north of Glasgow City Centre to Edinburgh Quay in the heart of Edinburgh. Grant funding contributed towards the installation of 30 new pontoons at key access points and locks, the installation of new signage and interpretation along the route, and the production of new printed and web based marketing and promotions material.

Project outcomes

The CSGN Development funding enabled Scottish Canals to deliver a Central Scotland City to City Canoe trail. The 92 kilometres Canoe trail was launched in June 2014. It runs the length of the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals, linking the two city centres from Pinkston Basin immediately to the north of Glasgow to Edinburgh Quay at Fountainbridge.

Quotes from participants and beneficiaries

Andrew Thin, Chairman of Scottish Canals, said:
“Encouraging people to paddle between Glasgow and Edinburgh not only makes our canals much more vibrant and interesting but supports local businesses and showcases a greater range of destinations to visitors from at home and abroad.”

Keith Geddes, from Central Scotland Green Network, said:
“The new Glasgow to Edinburgh Canoe Trail is a fantastic resource for central Scotland, enhancing access to a high quality environment for tourists and recreational users. We are proud to support this innovative project through the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund to make a real and lasting benefit to people, communities, businesses and the environment across the central belt.”

Funding Details:

Year Fund Value
2013 CSGN Development Fund 36,487


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