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A map of the Main Canal of the Forth & Clyde Canal

The map displays a range of services available on the Main Canal of the Forth & Clyde Canal. Simply click the box next to any service being displayed in the Map Key on the left of your screen.

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Historic Buildings
Train Station
Bus Station
Public Houses
Boat Yards
Electricity Points
Water Points
Food Shops
Recycling Points
Sanitory Stations
Self Use Pump Outs
Sewage Disposal
Refuse Disposal
Mooring Overnight
Calor Gas
Wi Fi
Winding Holes
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A brief history of the Main Canal of the Forth & Clyde Canal

Canal Details
Canal length : 34.1 miles
Locks : 37
Boat Length : 68ft
Height : 9ft 1ins
Width : 19ft 9ins
Draught : 6ft ins

The Forth and Clyde Canal runs from Bowling on the River Clyde in the west to Grangemouth on the River Carron in the east. It is 34 miles long and has 37 locks.

The canal was opened in1790 and large enough for the sea going vessels of the time to navigate from the Firth of Forth to the Firth of Clyde. As sea vessls grew in size they could no longer pass threw the canal and advent of the railway led to a steady decline in traffic. The canal fell into disuse by the 1930s and was closed in the early 1960s.

As part of the millenium celebrations in 2000, funds were provided by the National Lottery to regenerate the canal. The Falkirk Wheel was constructed to connect the 2 canals and has become a tourist attraction in it's own right.

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