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


Roe Deer Habitat at Tamfourhill
Roe deer at Tamfourhill
(Above) Heading east from the Rough Castle staircase locks, we are still on the 'new' section of canal creating the link to the Wheel from the original course of the Union. Being new this section of canal still lacks the maturity of the original course. However, there are some wild country scenes to the south of the canal, where we quite frequently see Roe deer. The photo to the left shows the scenery (with the arrow pointing to a distant Roe deer). That photo merely sets the scene, with the photo on the right showing the deer much nearer to the canal, but at the same location.  
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services (left) and Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha.
New section of Union Canal
Original Terminus Basin of Union Canal
(Above) Modern concrete bridge at Tamfourhill on the new section of canal.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services

(Above) The original canal terminus basin at Summerford/Greenbank, the new link heads off to the right. Spot the Grey Heron.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services

Union canal at Bantaskin Bantaskin on the Union Canal
(Above) Two views of the Union Canal (now on the original course) at Bantaskin Estate. The left photo shows the Seagull Trust Boathouse.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services

Antonine Wall at Roughcastle
Reflections in the Falkirk Tunnel on the Union Canal
(Above) Now entering the rock hewn 690 yard Falkirk Tunnel.
Photo Credits: Scott Marine Services, left:  and Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha (right)

Ghostly profile in the Falkirk tunnel
Rock Hewn Falkirk Tunnel
(Above) Photos from within the tunnel. Left, shows the limestone (?) deposits which build up on the tunnel walls, from water soaking down through the rock strata from above. Does anyone else think that there appears to be a ghostly face there. The photo on the right displays the attractive multi-faceted colouration of the rocks within the tunnel.
Photo Credits: Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha (left); and  Ian Williams, Praratoud, Switzerland (right)

Falkirk Canal Tunnel
Smokey viewpoint of the Tunnel
(Above) Photography within the tunnel isn't easy. The general rule is to turn the camera flash off, but that means the camera needs everything to be stationary. But some fun effects can be achieved:- Left, for a narrowboat, Willow has a bit of a reputation for being quick - but surely not that quick; Right, illuminated smoke from our coal fire in the foreground with engine exhaust from our 'tall pipe' to the rear, cause an interesting effect.
Photo Credits: Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha (left); and Kalevi Lehtonen, Harjavalta, Finland (right).

Spillway Union Canal
Union Canal Bridge
(Above) Having emerged from the Falkirk Tunnel, heading east, we have some interesting canal infrastructure on this, perhaps surprisingly, rural stretch. On the left typical Union canal  spillway - towpath made deliberately low level with protective cobbles. Excess water levels in the canal can then overflow the towpath down through the purpose made gaps in the wall to drain into a burn below.
Photo Credit: Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha.
(Above) Bridge 61, the touristy explanation for the 'Laughin Greetin' Bridge is explained in the photos below, but we shouldn't allow that to cloud the fact that these bridges were fine examples of stone masonry.
Photo Credits: Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha

'Laughin Greetin' Bridge 61 on the Union canal
'Laughin Greetin' Bridge 61 on the Union canal
(Above) Bridge No. 61 is the 'Laughin Greetin' Bridge just east of Falkirk Tunnel - with conflicting emotions displayed in the stonework either side of the archway. Supposedly it depicts the conflicting feelings of the canal engineers at the time of construction. One engineer is happy at the prospect of a lock and tunnel free section of canal between Falkirk and Edinburgh (although he may have forgotten a few high aqueducts to engineer). The other engineer is less than happy with the western prospect of building a tunnel through solid rock and the eleven locks down to the F&C canal.
Photo Credit: Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha.

Hall Glen on the Union Canal
Hall Glen on the Union Canal
(Above) Canal infrastructure aside, the stretch just east of the tunnel is pretty, with plenty of wildlife to look out for - kingfishers, dabchicks, or even just serene swans.
Photo Credits: Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha.

Hall Glen on the Canal
Redding
(Above) The canal at Hallglen - watch out for the kingfishers.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Services
(Above) The straight section passing the small industrial estate at Redding to the north and new housing to the south.
Photo Credit: Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha

Union Canal near Polmont Union Canal near Polmont
(Above) Youth canoeing from the pontoon near Polmont Station,
Photo Credit: Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha
(Above) Spillway near to Polmont Station. Supposed to be a mooring area, but sadly insufficient water to get near to the supplied mooring rings.
Photo Credit: Scott Marine Service.

Union Canal east of Polmont Station
Firth of Forth from Union Canal
(Above) Leaving Polmont Station the canal resumes its rural aspect
Photo Credit: Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha
(Above) The canal follows a raised position, with open views, here over the Firth of Forth with Longannet over there on the Fife side.
Photo Credit: Liz West, our pal from Nb Uisge Beatha.

Views of Fife
Vellore Bridge on the Union Canal
(Above) Open views towards Grangemouth industry then over the Firth of Forth to the distant Fife hills to North and East
Photo Credit: Scott Marine services
(Above) The moorings at the Vellore Bridge picnic area - very pleasant..
Photo Credits: Ian Williams, Praratoud, Switzerland