Photo Gallery for the Union Canal between Vellore Bridge and Linlithgow - Scroll down to see all the photos:


Canoe on the Union Canal at Muiravonside
Avon Aqueduct on the Union Canal
(Above) The Scottish Lowland Canals are extremely quiet in terms of boat movements. This couple clearly enjoying the idyllic rural serenity between Vellore Bridge and the Avon Aqueduct.
Photo Credit: Ian Williams, Praratoud, Switzerland
(Above) Avon Aqueduct - this canal is so quiet we sometimes stop for lunch right on top - always ready to move if another boat comes along, but rarely being disturbed.
Photo Credit: Kalevi Lehtonen, Harjavalta, Finland
Avon Aqueduct from the air
Autumnal Avon Aqueduct
(Above) The Avon Aqueduct is the highest/longest in Scotland - not the highest in the UK (Pontcysyllte is higher) but the stunning view from the top is arguably more dramatic.
Photo Credit: Professional Photographer, Peter Sandground (click here for his website - Thanks, Peter for your consideration

Hotel Boat Willow on the Avon Aqueduct
Hotel Boat Willow on the Avon Aqueduct
(Above) Because the Union canal is so quiet, we can stop and moor up for a while on top of the Avon Aqueduct, to allow guests to get off and have a look, perhaps even to pause for lunch.
Photo Credits: Ian Williams, Praratoud, Switzerland

River Avon from the Aqueduct
River Avon from the Aqueduct
(Above) From the top of the aqueduct looking down to the Avon below on either side. Although the Pontcysyllte aqueduct on the Llangollen canal is higher/longer, we believe the view below from the Avon Aqueduct is just as spectacular.
Photo Credits: Kevin Castle, Evesham (left) and Ian Williams, Praratoud, Switzerland (right)

Aqueduct from the River Avon
Railway Viaduct from the River Avon Aqueduct
(Above) The Avon Aqueduct, this time from the River Avon below.
Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha
(Above) The train that many guests take to get from Edinburgh to Falkirk, also needs to get across the River Avon. So here we have a photo from the canal aqueduct of the equally impressive railway viaduct.
Photo Credits: Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha

Union Canal near to the Avon Aqueduct Grey Heron near to the Avon Aqueduct on the Union Canal
Above) Some more views as we leave the aqueduct on the east side.
Photo Credits: Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha (left) and Ian Williams, Praratoud, Switzerland (right).

Approach to Linlithgow on the Union Canal
Union Canal at Linlithgow
(Above) Heading east on the approach to Linlithgow - watch out for golf balls from the adjacent golf course.
Photo Credits: Ian Williams, Praratoud, Switzerland
(Above) Pleasant stretch of towpath, heading west from Linlithgow Basin.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services

Canal Basin at Linlithgow
Dovecote at Linlithgow
(Above) A calm Linlithgow Basin - early morning sun.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services
(Above) The Dovecot adjacent to the basin at Linlithgow. Approx 300 birds could be housed - historically for food.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Service

Union Canal Linlithgow Looking over Linlithgow from the Union Canal
(Above) Linlithgow basin from Willow's side hatch
Photo Credits: Ian Williams, Praratoud, Switzerland
(Above) The Union canal skirts the southern edge of Linlithgow, looking down at the town over rooftops. Here, in spring time, looking down over the houses to the east end of Linlithgow Loch.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services

Linlithgow
Linlithgow
((Above) Linlithgow is a charming (almost old fashioned town) well worth a wander round its individualistic shops and cobbled streets - not fogetting Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. In its day it was probably the most important royal house in Scotland. The left photo shows the town hall with the adjacent narrow street/lane leading up to St Michaels church and the archway into the grounds of the Palace. In the photo right, just past the parked car, there is a wall on the right side of the lane. On the wall there are strategically placed signs showing the direct and unbroken lineage between Mary Queen of Scots and our present Queen HRH Elizabeth II - with an individual sign for each of the royal descendants.
Photo Credit: Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha

Linlithgow Palace Entrance
Linlithgow Palace from the Union Canal
(Above left) The imposing gateway to Linlithgow Palace - (Above right) St Michaels and Linlithgow Palace from the canal towpath.
Photo Credit: Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha