Union Canal

The Union Canal was opened in 1822.  Its length was 31.5 miles.  With the help of some embankments, cuttings and a large aqueduct, the canal following a contour line throughout its length, with no locks. It now links with the Forth & Clyde Canal at the Falkirk Wheel.

 

Union Canal

Approx
distance EAST of Edinburgh Quay

Place

Year

1/4 mile

.  The canal no longer extends so far to the east

Port Hopetoun

1825

Engraving in 'Old & New Edinburgh'  -  Edinburgh Castle from Port Hopetoun  -  1825

 

 

Union Canal

Approx
distance WEST of Edinburgh Quay

Place

Year

0 miles

Edinburgh Quay

Recent Photos

including 'Raft Races'

Raft Race on the Union Canal - June 27, 2009

1/4 mile

Lower Gilmore Place

late-1970s

Union Canal, Fountainbridge   -  mid-1970s

Lower Gilmore Place

2004

Fountainbridge  -  Union Canal  -  The site of old garages on the south bank

1/2 mile

Yeaman Place

1959

Yeaman Place

2006

Anderson Place, North Leith  -  2006

1 mile

Gray's Loan /
 Ashley Terrace

2006-07

Looking SW towards the boathouse on the Union Canal and Ashley Terrace Bridge

Looking to the NE towards Edinburgh along the Union Canal from Ashley Terrace Bridge

Union Canal  -  Edinburgh Canal Society Boat House at Ashley Terrace

Union Canal  -  Edinburgh Canal Society Boat House at Ashley Terrace

c.1 mile

Around Merchiston

Early 1900s

A ladies' crew, probably on the Union Canal at or near Merchiston

1 1/4 miles

Meggetland

Early 1900s

and

2009

Rowing on the Union Canal beside the Edinburgh University Boat Club boathouse at Meggetland, Edinburgh

Watson's and Heriot's boat houses on the Union Canal

Postcard by Percey Stubbs  -  Union Canal, Comiston Road

2 miles

Craiglockhart

1990s

Barge on the Union Canal at Craiglockhart  -  Photographed during an Edinburgh Photographic Society Outing in the 1990s

4 miles

Wester Hailes

2004

"Standard Life Strollers" walk along the Union Canal through Wester Hailes  - 25 March 2004

10 miles

Lin's Mill

1825

A Kite Aerial Photograph by James Gentles of a narrowboat approaching Lin's Mill Aquaduct on the Union Canal, near Edinburgh

 

 

 
 

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