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The Union Canal and the Meanwhile Garden

The Union Canal, Edinburgh

This short walking tour begins very near the city centre, yet immediately you'll feel far from the tourist bustle. Discover the hidden history of Edinburgh's industrial past, and visit an inspiring 'meanwhile' community garden and a healing garden. Enjoy the tranquility of water, wildlife and herbal plants. Hear about the canal of old, and take in today's unhurried canal life.


"I wanted to say how much I enjoyed your walking tour of the Union Canal. The Canal reminds me of the High Line in New York City where a relic of the industrial age becomes a gathering place and a real asset for the city. How great is that!" Sara, Los Angeles




Private bookings:

Private bookings for groups and individuals are welcome at times to suit you. 

If you'd like to book a private tour, please phone 0131 558 8240 or email


Meet at the beginning of the Union Canal on Edinburgh Quay, Edinburgh EH3 9RU (enter through a pedestrian walkway directly opposite the corner of Fountainbridge and Gardner's Crescent.) See map.

The tour finishes at Ashley Terrace.


Private bookings only for individuals and groups of 1 - 15. The tour lasts 1 hour 30 minutes, and covers one and a half miles of pavements, garden tracks and canal trail; some steps and rough surfaces. In the main, this is an easy stroll.


Private group bookings £6 per person, with a minimum charge of £60. Private individual bookings £60

updated 2 January 2019