The moor the merrier!

280513   Linlithgow, union canal basin.
280513 Linlithgow, union canal basin.

Fancy wakening to the soothing sounds of lapping water in the mornings - and drifting off to sleep to the same gentle rhythms?

Now you can - for Scottish Canals has just released 18 permanent berths on the Union Canal within striking distance of Linlithgow.

Indeed, six of the new berths, released in June are actually in the town itself with another six out at Causewayend basin adjacent to Muiravonside Country Park at Whitecross with another eight new moorings available in September at Ratho.

A total of 70 new permanent moorings are being made available nationwide as part of the second phase of the ‘‘Living on Water’’ initiative which aims, according to the publicity blurb to ‘‘create vibrant houseboat communities on Scotland’s waterways’’.

Katie Hughes, director of estates at Scottish Canals, said: ‘Living on Water offers an alternative to traditional accommodation,

‘‘It encourages residents to live a greener, more relaxed and indvidual way of life.’’

She added: ‘‘We want to create houseboat communities around the canal network and encourage more people to live, work and play on and along the waterway.’’

The new moorings, which start from £2000 a year, are being sold via auction at the Living on Water eBay shop and have already proved popular, particularly those in and around Edinburgh.

Moorings come equipped with facilities including electricity, water supply and refuse disposal as standard.

Many of the locations also have additional features such as facilities blocks which include showers, toilets and a laundry.

Others have storage accommodation, cafes and landscaped gardens.

All revenues generated through Living on Water will be reinvested in the canals network and projects to enhance the communities lining their banks.

Scotland’s canal system is already home to around 100 residents in the city and in the countryside.

Liz and Bill Jones have lived afloat for the past five years, Liz said: ‘‘Living on water is so very different but something I immediately took too.

‘‘I enjoy the tranquillity of the canal and friendliness of the people we meet.

‘‘Our grandchildren love coming to visit and our wee dog loves the boat - in fact he doesn’t know anything different.’’

For more information visit www.LivingOnWater.