As the name suggests this route is a tale of two canals, the Forth & Clyde and the Union, which meet at the Falkirk Wheel boatlift to form a waterway and walking route from the mouth of the River Clyde on the west coast of Scotland to the capital on the east.
The Forth & Clyde Canal connects the Firth of Clyde and the Firth of Forth, crossing the Scottish lowlands at its narrowest point, with the Union Canal providing the onward leg to Edinburgh. Originally connected by a series of locks, the canals now link via the magnificent Falkirk Wheel rotating boatlift which transports boats - still afloat - between the two waterways.
Walkers owe the route’s existence – and the spectacle of the Falkirk Wheel to a major regeneration project as part of the Millennium celebrations which transformed the ailing industrial canals into scenic recreational routes and thriving wildlife corridors.
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