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Forth & Clyde Canal east of Bonnybridge
Forth & Clyde Canal east of Bonnybridge
(Above) Quiet rural canalscape, east of Bonnybridge,on the 2 mile stretch heading towards the Falkirk Wheel.
Photo Credit: Ian Williams, Praratoud, Switzerland.
Forth & Clyde Canal at Bonnybridge Forth and Clyde Canal at Underwood
(Above) When the F&C canal was re-opened in 2001 much had changed around the canal since its closure in the 1960s. Modern roads had been built over the top of the canal, then in dereliction. So to get boats moving again, there was a need to either lower the canal - or raise the road. The method, used here at Bonnybridge, was to raise the bridge/road, albeit temporarily, by hydraulic lift. An efficient modern method to overcome an old problem.  
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services
(Above) Underwood Lock in the background with Willow now heading east for Bonnybridge.
Photo Credit Ian Williams, Praratoud, Switzerland.
Lock Gate on the Forth and Clyde Canal
Free Range Eggs at Lock 18 on the Forth & Clyde Canal
(Above) Locks on the Forth & Clyde don't have by-washes to allow excess water to flow around a lock. Instead the gates are designed so that water can overflow, over the top. Even in the driest of summers the Scottish Lowland Canals have sufficient supply from their source resevoirs - no shortages like on the English system.
Photo Credits: Scott Marine Services
(Above) Old lock keepers house at Lock 18 now owned by small holder speacialising in
Free Range eggs - Hen and Duck (yum) - but he also keeps a breeding stock of Peacocks, just for fun.
Photo Credit: Ian Williams, Praratoud, Switzerland.

Forth and Clyde Lock Gate Castlecary Lock on the Forth & Clyde Canal
(Above) Glenskirlie Castle in the background on a pleasant river like stretch approaching Wyndford Lock from the east.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services
(Above) Willow at Wyndford Lock (the top lock of the Castlecary flight).
Photo Credit: Ian Williams, Praratoud, Switzerland.
Forth & Clyde Canal crossing the Dullatur Bog Forth & Clyde Canal mooring pontoon on the Dullatur Bog
(Above) Two miles of straight canal over the Dullatur Bog. Early canal engineers had great difficulty keeping water in the canal over this stretch. So they built a broad embankment of clay on top of the bog. Today it's pleasant in good weather, but less so if the rain is coming sideways at the helm. Luckily for guests we have our all weather bow cabin.
Photo Credits: Scott Marine Services
(Above) The Dullatur stretch is remote from members of the public - here we disturb a comorant from a lone pontoon.
Photo Credits: Scott Marine Services
Quarries at Auchinstarry on the Forth & Clyde Canal
Auchinstarry Marina
(Above) Willow squeezed in behind a private boat on puplic moorings at Auchinstarry. Our guests were on their honeymoon after a marriage ceremony on Willow whilst descending the Falkirk Wheel.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services
(Above) A mixture of boat types moored at Auchinstarry Marina.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services