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2/5 The Forth & Clyde and Union Canal, Scotland

Edinburgh International Festival’s a real family event in August. It’s also the one where city hotels are fully booked and room rates aren’t far from a shakedown. But, if you were thinking about a canal boat holiday this summer you could easily fit the world’s biggest  arts festival into the plan.

The co-joined Forth & Clyde and Union Canals meet at Falkirk and stretch for 47km in total. Making this the holiday to take in Loch Lomond, see the Trossachs, hit Glasgow for shops and museums, ‘do’ the Edinburgh Festival and still have some time left for meandering along at your own pace and doing nothing much at all.

Thanks to the huge and impressive Falkirk Wheel, the Union Canal’s lock-free and the 11-lock flight on the Forth & Clyde is easy going for even the greenest of sailors.

The 4-star Capercaillie Gosling narrowboat is 63ft long, sleeps eight and welcomes pets. It’s available year round and sails from Falkirk on the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Prices: from £1890 in August for seven days sailing on Capercaillie Gosling.

Find out more about Capercaillie Gosling and Waterways Holidays

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