You are encouraged to decorate your boat to reflect the 200 Theme or events from the last 200 years. There will be numerous prizes / categories with the awards being presented at The Linlithgow Muster on the evening of 21st May.
Activity is not only on the water. Why not walk, run or cycle along side the flotilla (either individually or within your group or organisation).
Have fun celebrating the 200th anniversary with us by dressing up in fancy dress to reflect the 200th Anniversary, or indeed anything else you like.
No boat ~ No problem. Jump on board your stand up paddle board, kayak, or any other form of water transport. The more the merrier. Or even contact one of the volunteer boating organisations like LUCS, and see if they are running trips within the flotilla.
Congregating and Mustering from mid afternoon at the picturesque Manse Road Basin, Linlithgow, (home to LUCS ~ the Linlithgow Union Canal Society) the flotillas from both the East & West will meet for an afternoon and evening of fun, entertainment, and celebration. Admission to the evening function (from 6:00 for 6:30pm) will be by ticket only, with your ticket being redeemable for an early evening BBQ. Tickets will be released for sale in March 2022
All boats wishing to participate in the Flotilla must submit a Registration Form. Please register as soon as possible so that we know how many boats to expect. Use this section to open the on-line application form. You may (if preferred) ask for a hard copy to submit your registration by post or hand.Learn More
While it is not necessary to officially register if you are participating on a kayak, paddle board or other type of craft (only canal boats need to register), it will assist the smooth running of the flotilla if we know what type of craft your will be using, and how many people are in your party / organisation. Please use this section to advise us ....Learn More
Please read the following Terms and Conditions as they could affect your (and others) enjoyment of the celebrations. please remember that the canal network is for the enjoyment of everyone, and there may be some using the canal who are not participating in the Flotilla. Please respect their right to use the canal and its surroundings at all times.
The Flotilla is not a race. There is no prize for being first to arrive at Manse Road Basin. Note that mooring at the basin will not be permitted until both the flag ship boats (East & West) have berthed at Manse Road, and VIP passengers have disembarked.
Mooring at Manse Road Basin (and the surrounding official mooring points) will be controlled by LUCS shore marshals. Please comply with their instructions at all times.
We will have maximum efforts to berth as many boats as possible within Manse Road Basin, but be aware that due to limited space, it will not be possible for all boats to be berthed in the basin. Additional mooring is available within walking distance of the basin. Please follow the shore marshals instructions.
Due to the expected (and planned) congested nature of Manse Road Basin mooring, departure from the basin on Saturday / Sunday will be difficult and time consuming. If you require to depart at a specific time, we would recommend that you use one of the mooring positions outwith the basin. Please advise a shore marshal if you do not wish to moor in the basin.
Note that entry to the evening event is by paid ticket only. Tickets must be purchased online in advance of the Flotilla dates.
All timings are given for guidance only and may vary on the day of the flotilla. Participants are encouraged to depart the Intermediate muster points behind the flag ship boats which will lead the flotillas from both the East & West.
It is important that all participants, muster point organisers, and spectators alike are aware of health and safety matters while participating on the water, or using the tow path.
The following "Risk Assessment" document has been prepared to advise all parties of risks and any control measures introduced to minimise all risks. It should be downloaded by all participating and other interested parties.
Any activity involving water incorporates an element of risk. Water and Canals can be dangerous places. The fullest care and attention by all involved is required.
Scottish Waterway's for All
c/o Reunion Canal Boats
23 Lower Gilmour Place
This section gives you access to our on-line image library where participants can upload their own photographs of the Flotilla, or download any images that they would like a copy of for their own use.Learn More
Scottish Canals is gearing up for a big year of celebrations as 2022 marks the 200th anniversaries of the Union and Caledonian canals opening. To celebrate our history and the valuable contributions our canals make to Scotland and the world, we’re working with Scottish Waterways for All, local authorities, community groups, economic development bodies and tourism partners to plan an exciting calendar of activities including; flotillas, festivals and canal challenges to take place across the year.Read More
Scottish Canals is kicking off 2022 with a big year of celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Union and Caledonian Canals. Once the transport arteries that stoked the fires of the industrial revolution, today Scotland’s canals are home to cyclists, paddleboarders and residential boaters rather than coal scows and Clydesdale horses. The Caledonian in the Highlands passes through some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes while the Union connects the bustling cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, both contributing to the nation’s rich heritage whilst providing green and blue corridors of opportunity for the future. To celebrate this landmark year, Scottish Canals is delivering an exciting calendar of activities over the next 12 months including; online experiences, canal challenges, flotillas, lighting landmark structures, local festivals and much more. All are being delivered in partnership with the Scottish Waterways for All, local authorities, community groups, economic development bodies and tourism groups.Read More
Huge Flotilla planned as part of 200th Anniversary Celebrations Scottish Waterways for All, working in partnership with Scottish Canals and numerous other organisations, have announced details of a large flotilla being planned for the weekend of 20th – 22nd May 2022, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Union Canal. Connecting Edinburgh to Glasgow, via the world famous Falkirk Wheel and the Forth & Clyde Canal, the 31.5 miles of the Union Canal passes through some spectacular scenery and passes over a number of mighty aqueducts, including the Avon Aqueduct near Linlithgow - one of the UK’s highest and longest – a true testament to the engineering skills in existence 200 years ago. The eponymous “Flotilla 200” will commence from both ends of the canal, with boats initially mustering at Lochrin Basin Edinburgh, and the Falkirk Wheel, before setting out on their way, the two separate flotillas converging on the Saturday afternoon at Manse Road Basin in Linlithgow, one of the original stabling and staging posts, and still home to the very active Linlithgow Union Canal Society. Pat Bowie, chair of Scottish Waterway’s for All, said … “The format of having two flotillas travelling simultaneously from both ends of the canal will provide maximum opportunities for local communities to not only spectate, but to get involved. A number of individual muster points are being organised where local organisations can host a festival atmosphere of stalls and entertainment, providing ideal locations for the flotilla to pause and join in the fun. We are interested in hearing from any groups or community organisations who would like to help out or host a muster point.” Scottish Waterways for All are also organising photographic opportunities as the Flotillas pass over the aqueducts, hoping to capture this unique event on film and TV. As Pat says, “It’s not every year you have a 200th birthday !!!” Flotilla 200 is only one of many events being hosted to celebrate this important milestone in the history of the canal network and more details are published and regularly updated on the Scottish Canals web site. Full details of Flotilla 200 can be found at www.flotilla200.live and an on-line booklet is available at www.flotillabook200.live giving approximate timings and the best places to capture views as the boats pass by. EndsRead More
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Harrison Park muster point is being organised by the Edinburgh Union Canal Society. Facilities included at Harrison Park will be announced shortly It is envisaged that the congregated flotilla will depart Harrison Park at about 1:45PM en-route to the next muster point at Bridge 8 Hub, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, pausing on the Prince Charlie Aqueduct to capture some drone footage of the flotilla
Narrowboat farm muster point is being organised by the Community Moorings Scotland. Mustering space is also available at Park Farm Bistro where there is a winding hole, slipway, and wharf. Facilities included at Narrowboat Farm to be announced shortly, and with the Park Farm Bistro close by, this is an ideal location for participants and spectators alike. It is envisaged that the congregated flotilla will depart Narrowboat Farm and Park farm Bistro at about 3:40PM en-route to the Muster at Manse Road Basin, Linlithgow
The Lochrin Basin Muster Point is being organised by the recently formed Fountainbridge Canalside Community Trust. There are lots of facilities available at Lochrin Basin with bars and bistros on the quayside, making it an ideal location to spectate and see start of the Flotilla. Boats and other participants should muster at Lochrin Basin from 11:30am, ready for the departure of the lead boat (Re-Union's Lochrin Belle) at 12:30pm. Please let the lead boat depart first, or if you are moored outside the Leamington Lift Bridge, join the flotilla as it passes you.
Port Buchan muster point is being organised by the Bridge 19 40 Union Canal Society. Facilities included at Port Buchan will be announced shortly It is envisaged that the congregated flotilla will depart Port Buchan at about 12:15 PM en-route to the next muster point at the brand new marina at Winchburgh,
The Winchburgh muster point is being organised by Winchburgh Community Development Trust. Facilities included at Bridge 32 being held in the adjacent Winchburgh Church Grounds include a Farmers Market and stalls. It is envisaged that the congregated flotilla will depart Bridge 32 at about 1:40 PM en-route to the next muster point at Narrowboat Farm & Park Farm Bistro,
We are indebted to Go Forth & Clyde, Falkirk Canal Connections, and The Seagull Trust for facilitating the muster point at South Bantaskine Road, Falkirk. Although early in the Flotilla, Bantaskine provides ideal viewing from the tow path before the boats enter the Falkirk Tunnel, while the Seagull Trust car park is to host a number of gazebo's and stalls. Look out for Go Forth & Clyde Boat ~ Jaggy Thistle ~ and give them a cheer.
The muster point at the newly named Rusack's Bridge at Ratho is being organised by The Seagull Trust, assisted by The Sorted Group, and is the venue for the overnight stop for the boats traveling from Edinburgh to Linlithgow It is envisaged that the congregated flotilla will arrive at Ratho around 6:00pm on the Friday afternoon, departing for Port Buchan at about 10:00am on the Saturday morning.