Union Canal

Lonely Planet review

Built 200 years ago and abandoned in the 1960s, the Union Canal was restored and reopened to navigation in 2002. Edinburgh Quays , its city-centre terminus in Tollcross, is now a focus for redevelopment and a starting point for canal cruises, walks and bike rides. The canal stretches west for 31 miles through the rural landscape of West Lothian to Falkirk, where it joins the Forth and Clyde Canal at the Falkirk Wheel boat lift.

At Harrison Park, a mile to the west of Edinburgh Quays, is a pretty little basin with rowing boats belonging to the Edinburgh Canal Society. Here, too, you’ll find the canal-boat restaurant Zazou.