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Scottish Canals launches new online booking system to make it easier and safer to buy transit licences for the Caledonian Canal during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic; it marks the launch of the new system by releasing a new video promising canal-goers 'A Journey Like No Other'


By Philip Murray

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Neptune's Staircase at Corpach on the Caledonian Canal. Picture: Scottish Canals.
Neptune's Staircase at Corpach on the Caledonian Canal. Picture: Scottish Canals.

A NEW online booking system is aiming to make it easier and safer for boaters to buy transit licences for use in the Caledonian Canal.

Scottish Canals is promising a “journey like no other” following the introduction of its new online booking system.

It follows a successful pilot of the new system on the Crinan Canal in August. Those looking to explore Scotland’s waterways are now also able to book transit licences for the Caledonian Canal in advance of their journey, on Scottish Canals’ new microsite .

Catherine Topley, Chief Executive of Scottish Canals, said: “There’s no denying that our 2020 boating season has looked vastly different to any other. This means we have had to think outside the box in terms of operating, and extending online licences to our customers ensures we can still offer the experience of our canals in a safe way, which limits contact – and therefore limits risk of transmission – to customers.

“With many people looking to take breaks closer to home, we want to remind boaters and staycationers alike that the canals offer a journey like no other. Whether you’re travelling through the Great Glen and exploring the Scottish Highlands, taking advantage of Britain’s most beautiful shortcut, or sailing through the sky on The Falkirk Wheel, our canals offer an experience second to none.

“A journey like no other begins with a click of a button and ends where your imagination allows.”

To coincide with the launch of the new online booking system, Scottish Canals has also released a Journey Like No Other video, which showcases the beauty of Scotland’s inland waterways. From sailing down Neptune’s Staircase and waking up to a view of Ben Nevis, to spotting rare pine marten and basking in an epic starlit sky on the Crinan Canal, there’s an adventure for everyone to enjoy.

Scottish Canals offers the opportunity to transit the waterways with your own vessel or a hired boat. For information on hire boat operators on the canals, customers are advised to visit the boating section of Scottish Canals’ website .



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