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Forth and Clyde Canal

The Forth and Clyde Canal links Bowling on the Firth of Clyde with Grangemouth on the Firth of Forth. It allowed goods to be transported between the east and west coasts, and to be exported from Glasgow to Europe or from Edinburgh to America, without taking the hazardous route round the north of Scotland or the longer route via the English Channel.

It is 56 kilometres (35 miles) long and has 39 locks, and the highest point is 47 metres (155 feet) above sea level. Originally there were 33 drawbridges, ten large aqueducts and 33 smaller ones.

It was designed by the engineer John Smeaton and opened in 1790, after over 20 years of planning and construction.

With time seagoing vessels became too large to pass through the locks, and competition from the railways in the 19th century led to it being more or less disused, and it was closed in 1963.

However it was reopened as a Millennium project in 2001, and linked to the Union Canal by the Falkirk Wheel.
by Anne Burgess

Created: Fri, 28 Jun 2019, Updated: Thu, 6 Aug 2020


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NS5668 : Curving Parapets by Anne Burgess
NS6674 : Walking beside the canal by Richard Sutcliffe
NS5170 : Forth and Clyde Canal by Richard Sutcliffe
NS5867 : Exercise trail alongside the canal by Stephen Craven
NS9082 : Forth and Clyde Canal, Sea Lock No 2 by David Dixon
NS4871 : Forth and Clyde Canal at Clydebank by David Dixon
NS5169 : Cormorant, Forth and Clyde Canal by Richard Sutcliffe
NS6674 : Pipe bridge over the canal by Richard Sutcliffe
NS6975 : Twechar Bridge by Richard Sutcliffe
NS5669 : Maryhill Locks, Forth and Clyde Canal by Stephen McKay
NS4473 : Millennium Link Monument (detail) by Lairich Rig
NS7778 : Wyndford Lock by Richard Sutcliffe
NS5867 : New bridge over the canal by Richard Sutcliffe
NS5169 : Cottage beside the canal by Richard Sutcliffe
NS5866 : Speaker Martin's Lock, Forth and Clyde Canal by Stephen Craven
NS4871 : Dalmuir Drop Lock by Richard Sutcliffe
NS6172 : Forth and Clyde Canal and Cawdermill House by Richard Sutcliffe
NS7778 : Lock keeper's bothy, Wyndford Lock by Richard Sutcliffe
NS6573 : Southbank Marina by Richard Sutcliffe
NS5169 : Marsh marigolds, Forth and Clyde Canal by Richard Sutcliffe
NS5866 : Sliding footbridge over the canal (detail) by Stephen Craven
NS5867 : The Firhill Basin by Richard Sutcliffe
NS9082 : Annie D at the Kelpies Marina by Richard Sutcliffe
NS5569 : Forth and Clyde Canal at Cleveden Road Bridge by Alan Murray-Rust
NS7778 : Former hostelry beside Wyndford Lock by Richard Sutcliffe

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