Read on to discover our canal routes and how Falkirk Hire Boats are ideally situated to take you to Glasgow or Edinburgh on your canal boat holiday.
We’re in a perfect location to provide our customers with the unique opportunity to take your own floating holiday boat directly into the centre of Scotland’s two major cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
These two cities are completely different, both exciting and dynamic.
Take the Forth & Clyde Canal and cruise to Glasgow, Scotland’s heart and second city. Glasgow has a wealth of spectacular architecture, is called home to many famous inventors and icons, it’s also known worldwide for it’s wonderful Art collections. The people of Glasgow make it, by that we mean the atmosphere is friendly, vibrant and welcoming. You can spend the day shopping along famous Buchanan Street or sample the fantastic nightlife along at the Merchant City. See a concert at one the best venues in the world at the SSE Hydro or sample some of Scotland’s finest seafood from an array of restaurants to be found in the city centre. There are so many options to choose from.
Choose the Union Canal to Scotland’s historic capital city, Edinburgh. The home of Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile and Scottish Parliament. Visit in August and spend a few days visiting the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The worlds largest Arts festival spanning 25 days, featuring over 3000 shows, attracting performers from 51 countries in 299 venues – an event not to be missed! Take a Ghost tour through the forgotten underground of the city and discover the dark side of Edinburgh, but only if you’re brave enough! Get your walking boots on and discover Arthurs Seat, at just over 250 meters its a relatively easy hike to provide unparalleled views of the city. On May Day, it’s tradition for young women to wash their face in the hills morning dew to make them beautiful – Move over Estee Lauder, thank us later ladies.
In between the two cities, there is plenty of countryside, sites of special scientific interest, lovely towns, restaurants, pubs, and of course the Falkirk Wheel. Bowling is a lovely Clyde-side village outside Glasgow, and there is also the opportunity to visit The Kelpies, a brand-new visitor attraction that everyone is talking about. The two canals, the Forth & Clyde and Union, are very different, and the Union canal offers 25 aqueducts to see, some of the most spectacular you will find anywhere.
Whatever route you choose, you won’t be disappointed. Scotland’s canals provide beauty, wildlife and plenty to do or see.