Open days will show Union Canal below the surface

The Union Canal at Linlithgow
The Union Canal at Linlithgow

This winter, there will be a chance to see the Union Canal as you’ve never seen it before – without water.

As part of its winter maintenance, Scottish Canals are draining the water at Linlithgow and moving the fish into a temporary home. The work will continue until February 16 and two open days will give the public a chance to learn about the engineering, history and wildlife of the Union Canal while the engineers get a good look at the embankments.

On January 17, visitors can see the fish being temporarily moved from the sections due to be drained; explore the wide variety of wildlife and habitats on the waterway with Scottish Canals’ environment team; and see the elegant engineering of the canal first-hand.

On February 4, visitors can hear from Scottish Canals’ engineering team about how they’re working to safeguard the Union Canal’s rich heritage for future generations to enjoy and from a heritage expert.

The open days will be held 1pm-3pm on January 17 and Febuary 4. Visitors asked to meet at the Linlithgow Union Canal Society’s Mel Gray Centre at Manse Road Basin. Tea and coffee will be provided.