New online booking system for boaters

Stars above Crinan Canal

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Scottish Canals is promising a journey like no other thanks to a new online booking system for boaters.

After successfully piloting the new system on the Crinan Canal in August, those looking to explore Scotland’s waterways are also able to book transit licences for the Caledonian Canal in advance of their journey by visiting .

The new digital licences and booking process are just one part of making sure customers benefit from an unrivalled experience when visiting Scotland’s inland waterways.

Neptune’s Staircase near Fort William.

From the myths and majesty of the Caledonian Canal to the wildlife and wonder on the Crinan Canal or the life less ordinary to be experienced on the Lowland Canals, Scottish Canals says its new booking system will take boaters ‘on a journey like no other, from planning through to exiting the sea lock’.

Chief Executive of Scottish Canals Catherine Topley said: ‘There’s no denying our
2020 boating season has looked vastly different to any other. This means we have had to think outside the box in terms of operating and extending online licences to our customers ensures we can still offer the experience of our canals in a safe way, which limits contact – and therefore limits risk of Covid transmission – to customers.

‘With many people looking to take breaks closer to home, we want to remind boaters and staycationers the canals offer a journey like no other. Whether you’re travelling through the Great Glen and exploring the Scottish Highlands, taking advantage of Britain’s most beautiful shortcut or sailing through the sky on The Falkirk Wheel, our canals offer an experience second to none. A journey like no other begins with a click of a button and ends where your imagination allows.’

Scottish Canals has also released a Journey Like No Other video, which showcases the beauty and appeal of Scotland’s inland waterways from sailing down Neptune’s staircase and waking up to a view of Ben Nevis, to spotting rare pine marten and basking in an epic starlit sky on the Crinan Canal.

Scottish Canals offers the opportunity to transit the waterways with your own vessel or a hired boat.