City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Union Canal


Union Canal
Fountainbridge (start)
Edinburgh
Union Canal - view from above
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Dalry, Edinburgh
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Fountainbridge, Edinburgh
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Slateford, Edinburgh
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Wester Hailes, Edinburgh

The 19th century Union Canal is not a park in the typical sense, but like the Water of Leith it provides a strip of blue and green through Edinburgh from Lochrin Basin in Fountainbridge (just off Lothian Road) to Edinburgh's outskirts and beyond.

Its 32 miles of revitalised waterway, aquaducts, tunnels and bridges offers walkers, joggers, cyclists, and waterborne craft an alternative and at times tranquil route all the way to the Falkirk wheel, a huge engineering marvel  that lifts boats into the Forth & Clyde Canal.

The tow-path, originally used for horses dragging barges of coal, can get busy near the city centre although the path continues to be upgraded and improved for modern recreational use.

The start of the Union Canal can be found at Edinburgh Quay behind the pub Cargo.