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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 only:

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are able to offer tours for small groups (maximum eight people).


See here for more details of how we are following Scottish Government guildelines to keep you safe.

If you'd like to book a private tour at a date and time to suit you, please phone 0131 558 8240 or email

Cost of private bookings: £60 for 1 - 8 people


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.


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: £60 for 1 - 8 people.

updated 4 August 2020