VIDEO - Don’t trust the ice! Stay SAFE this winter.

The Scottish canals are enjoyed by walkers, joggers, boaters, canoeist and cyclists all year round.

With pretty autumnal colours and crisp winter days, now is a great time to visit, but we urge everyone to take care at this time of year, particularly on icy or frosty days.

Frozen Union Canal, pic by Pamela Graham

Frozen Union Canal, pic by Pamela Graham

Remember to stay SAFE (Stay Away From the Edge).

Towpaths, bridges and lock-sides can be particularly slippery during the winter months and snow can conceal trip hazards such as boat mooring rings close to the water’s edge. Frozen waterways, whilst they look picturesque, can also be very dangerous and visitors should never attempt to walk on the ice.

Make sure childern walking, cycling and feeding the ducks on the waterway are accompanied by an adult, and aware of the dangers of getting too close to the edge.

Enjoy the canals this winter, but remember to stay SAFE.