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Dog-Friendly Boating Escapes

Discover the hidden delights of the Scotland lowlands on a dog-friendly canal boat cruise beginning at Falkirk. Together with your best furry friend, meander along the gentle waterways on a comfortable berth packed with modern amenities through routes around the Scottish countryside. Stop off for some fabulous walking opportunities and make sure to visit fido-friendly sights along your route starting in Falkirk. With easy cruising and very few locks, experience the incredible Falkirk Wheel seamlessly linking together the Union Canal and the Forth and Clyde Canal. All ABC Boat Hire canal boats at Falkirk Canal berth two to eight and come equipped with all you need to swap the hustle and bustle of life in the city for an idyllic boating escape with your canine companion.

Begin your boating adventure for the first time or as a more experienced crew member with full tuition provided at the start of every journey. A handover ensures you are comfortable operating the canal boat and includes where you can moor and how to operate locks, lifts and swing bridges. Most visitor moorings on canals and rivers are governed by the Canal & River Trust and are free of charge, meaning your boat will be permitted to moor anywhere on the towpath side of the canal as long as no obstruction is being caused. An overnight fee may be charged for overnight moorings at a select number of privately owned sites.

A suggested journey for those wanting a longer escape is the Edinburgh and Glasgow route from Falkirk Canal, a dramatic boating holiday offering the opportunity to cruise the full width of Scotland and into the heart of both of its major cities. This route from Falkirk Marina includes 14 locks and can be completed in seven nights. Next to the hireboat base, make sure to experience The Falkirk Wheel, the world’s first and only rotating Boat Lift before heading through Falkirk tunnel where it is worth a visit to Callendar House set in the landscaped Callendar Park, perfect for a scenic walk with your canine companion. As your journey takes you into the very heart of Glasgow, moor at Spiers Wharf and venture to the dog-friendly Inn Deep where you and your furry friend can relax and enjoy a dip in the river which flows past it. With Glasgow having some of the finest parks in the UK, also make sure to pay a visit to Kelvingrove in the West End and Glasgow Green to the East of the City Centre. 

If you’re looking for a shorter break, Edinburgh & return passes through six locks and can be completed in four nights with the tranquil cruise mixing nature and wildlife with castles and the demise of a monarch. As the canal swoops into Linlithgow, make time to visit the dramatic ruins of Linlithgow Palace overlooking Linlithgow Loch for a stunning walk or treat your furry friend to a roam around Beecraigs Country Park in the hills just south of Linlithgow. When meandering through central Edinburgh, moor up to enjoy a delicious meal at dog-welcoming Brewhemia with your canine companion by your side or visit the dog-friendly shops House of Hound or Harry’s Treats dedicated to retail therapy just for doggy guests.

All dog-friendly canal boats are available from April to November. Arrive on Friday, Saturday or Monday for a 3, 4, 7, 10, 11 or 14 night stay. Please note that each route has individual changeover dates. In a canal boat berthing 4, enjoy a 3 night stay from £999 or 7 night stay from £1,399 in the low season, excluding fuel supplement. Supplements apply on summer dates and larger boats.

What To Expect

It's important to bring along a bed, bowl, food, lead and toys for your dog whilst on board and may be advisable to invest in a harness or life jacket for your dog. A welcome pack is provided as well as a TV, CD player and free Wifi. All the ABC dog-friendly canal boats are individually handcrafted in this country with unique interiors and different styles. They come with a well-equipped kitchen where you can whip up a meal for your guests and furry friend too. The kitchen features a four burner gas stove complete with grill and oven, fridge, sink drainer, sink, crockery, cooking utensils and cutlery. Dog-friendly canal boats starting at Falkirk Canal come equipped with a 12-volt electricity supply. All boats are able to carry around 100 gallons or 450 litres of water. It is advised to refill your water daily by automatic electric water pumps, these are located at many water points along your route which are shown in a Canal Cruising Guide available to be purchased on arrival at a small fee. The boat is fuelled for your arrival and an additional fuel deposit of £90 per week or £50 for a short break is required. When the boat is returned, the balance is refundable after deducting the amount of fuel used. Buoyancy aids are compulsory and available free of charge for both children and adults at the marinas. These do not need to be booked in advance but should be requested upon arrival in order for the correct size to be fitted in preparation for your journey.

Bow wow factor

A canal boat trip makes a fabulous adventure for your canine friend. You have the freedom to go where you want and your dog will love stopping off at the riverside dog-friendly pubs on route.

Need to know

Dine With Pet
Dine With Pet
Pub Within 1 Mile
Pub Within 1 Mile
Rural
Rural
Satellite Television
Satellite Television
WiFi
WiFi

Featured Boats

The dog-friendly canal boats berth from two to eight with bedding configured as singles or doubles. There is a small wardrobe for storing clothes with freshly laundered bedding for each crew member. There is a bathroom with toilet, basin and shower, one medium towel per person and even a hairdryer.

Wren

Sleeps up to 4. One rear cabin which can either be configured as one double bed or two singles. The seating area in the saloon can be converted into a double bed in the evening, if required. There is a wardrobe for storing clothes in the stern cabin. Freshly laundered bedding for each crew member. Additional bedding available on request. There is an additional TV in the rear cabin.
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4 adults   3 pets  

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Lark

Sleeps up to 6. Two cabins, both can either be configured as one double bed or two singles. The seating area in the saloon can be converted into a double bed in the evening, if required. There are wardrobes located throughout the boat for storing clothes. Freshly laundered bedding for each crew member. Additional bedding available on request. There is an additional TV in one of the bedrooms.
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6 adults   3 pets  

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Sandpiper

Sleeps up to 6. Two cabins, both can either be configured as one double bed or two singles. The seating area in the saloon can be converted into a double bed in the evening, if required. There are wardrobes located throughout the boat for storing clothes. Freshly laundered bedding for each crew member. Additional bedding available on request. There is an additional TV in one of the bedrooms.
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6 adults   3 pets  

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Spirit

Sleeps up to 6. Two cabins. The rear cabin can either be configured as one double bed or two singles and the mid cabin offers a permanent double bed. The seating area in the saloon can be converted into a double bed in the evening, if required. There are wardrobes located throughout the boat for storing clothes. Freshly laundered bedding for each crew member. Additional bedding available on request.
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6 adults   3 pets  

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Sanderling

Sleeps up to 8. Two cabins. The rear cabin has one king sized bed (5ft wide and 6ft 6" long) and the mid cabin has two sets of single bunks beds (including 2 high-level bunks 2ft 6in wide; lower bunks are 3ft wide) with storage. The seating area in the saloon can be converted into a double bed or 2 single beds, arranged in two different options. There are wardrobes located throughout the boat for storing clothes. Freshly laundered bedding for each crew member.
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8 adults   3 pets  

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Falkirk Mist

Sleeps up to 8. Two cabins. The rear cabin has two fixed bunks and the mid cabin can be configured as a double bed or 2 single beds. The seating area in the saloon can be converted into a double bed in the evening, if required. There are wardrobes located throughout the boat for storing clothes. Freshly laundered bedding for each crew member. Additional bedding available on request.
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8 adults   3 pets  

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Dog-Friendly Nearby

A popular dog walk in Falkirk takes you to the best preserved Fort on the Antonine Wall, Rough Castle. It offers spectacular and memorable views of the surviving Roman remains. Kinneil Nature Reserve is also an excellent place to walk your dog - as well as appreciating the landscape of the inner Forth it takes in some magnificent views over the River Forth. Also make sure to stop off at the dog-friendly Boathouse Pub and restaurant at Auchinstarry with gorgeous riverside views. Plus, try the Canal Inn in Falkirk right by the canal.

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