Scottish Canals is providing members of the public the opportunity to find out about the engineering, wildlife and history of the Union Canal and take a look of the waterway as they have never been seen before – with no water.
Included in its wide-ranging program of wintertime upkeep, the canal custodians will soon be lowering the water level of more than 5 kms of the waterway at Linlithgow until February 16. In total, around 30,000 m3 of water will be drained from the canal. This project allows Scottish Canals’ engineers to perform an in depth study of the canal’s embankments, identify and repair any leakages, and inspect and remove any obstructions within the channel.
Journey Into History
The second of two open days will take place on Saturday, February 4 when guests can listen to Scottish Canals’ engineering team regarding how they are attempting to protect the Union Canal’s rich heritage for generations to come. They will journey into the historical past of the waterway with a time-hopping tour of its development with the organisation’s resident heritage expert and have a look at the canal’s two hundred year old infrastructure as it exists beneath the waterline.
The open day will be held between 1pm and 3pm with visitors asked to meet at the Linlithgow Union Canal Society’s Mel Gray Centre at Manse Road Basin, Linlithgow EH49 6AJ. Teas and coffees will be provided.