Ratho to Linlithgow

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The Scottish National Trail follows almost the entire length of the Union Canal. Built between 1818 and 1822, the Union canal was designed by Hugh Baird and was originally used for transporting coal before competition from the railways caused it to close to commercial use in the 1930s. It is a contour canal - with no locks - ensuring this stage of the route gives flat and easy walking.


Canal towpath throughout.

Public Transport

Bus to Ratho from Edinburgh; Linlithgow is well served by both bus and train.


Ratho. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

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