Videos tagged with "canal"
The Great Motorboat Tour -- the Caledonian Canal [06:11]
John and Fionn escape to the sanctity of the Caledonian Canal where they cruise through Loch Ness and past Urquhart Castle, deep into the Scottish Highlands....
Rowers Forth And Clyde Canal Scotland [01:09]
Tour Scotland video of rowers on the Forth and Clyde Canal.
Barge Docking on the Forth and Clyde Canal Scotland [02:15]
Tour Scotland video of a Barge docking at Auchinstarry on the Forth and Clyde Canal on visit to North Lanarkshire.
Barge Boat Cruising on the Forth and Clyde Canal Scotland [01:23]
Tour Scotland video of an old Dutch Barge boat cruising on visit to the Forth and Clyde Canal. This Scottish canal opened in 1790, crossing central Scotland; it provided a route for the seagoing vessels of the day between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde at the narrowest part of the Scottish Lowlands. It is 35 miles long and it runs from the River Forth near Grangemouth to the River Clyde at Bowling, and had an important basin at Port Dundas in Glasgow. Successful in its day, it suffered as the seagoing vessels were built larger and could no longer pass through. The railway age further impaired the success of the canal.
The Falkirk Wheel - Engineering Marvel [01:04]
See this engineering masterpiece known as The Falkirk Wheel. The Falkirk Wheel is a perfect example of functioning and modern architecture. Located in Scotland, it was designed to reconnect the Union Canal and the Forth and Clyde Canal. It serves as the only rotating boat lift in the world. The two canals had previously been joined by a fleet of locks, but in 1933, the locks had been dismantled. Officials then pondered what could be done to connect the two waterways. Hence the idea for the Falkirk Wheel was born. Completed in 2002, the engineering marvel measures 35 meters tall. It took over 1200 tons of steel to create along with 1000 construction crew members. Amazingly the wheel only uses 1.5 kilowatts of electricity per hour to turn, powered by ten hydraulic motors. The Falkirk Wheel can carry at least 8 boats at one time, taking about an hour to get from one canal to the other. Boat trips are offered so visitors can experience The Falkirk Wheel. Not only is the wheel an impressive piece of machinery, it also serves as a major landmark in Scotland.