Living on Water
Published on 4/10/2012
Scottish Canals launched a nation-wide campaign at Leamington Wharf, Edinburgh in September to encourage more people to try ‘Living on Water’.
The new campaign is part of the organisation’s desire to build on the successful regeneration and improvements of Scotland's canals by creating and leasing more residential berths.
The 'Living on Water' campaign initially offers two locations, Leamington Wharf on the Union Canal in Edinburgh and Seaport Marina at Muirtown Basin on the Caledonian Canal in Inverness.
Eight new, high-quality residential moorings on the Union Canal at Leamington Wharf, close Edinburgh city centre, and sixteen similar moorings at Seaport Marina in Muirtown Basin on the Caledonian Canal at Inverness are the first wave of this initiative. The Leamington berths are only suitable for narrow type boats, whilst the Muirtown berths can accommodate a wide range of power or sail craft sizes.
Blue Hue, a refurbished narrowboat barge has been transformed into a showhome boat at Leamington Wharf with viewing arranged through estate agents Retties (0845 220 2727).
Scottish Canals expect demand to exceed supply, so the 24 moorings will be released individually by on-line and postal auction later this year. Full details of each mooring, including the services provided, and of the bidding process, are available at www.livingonwater.co.uk
Scottish Canals hopes that these pilots in Edinburgh and Inverness and a third pilot planned for Speirs Wharf in Glasgow in the near future will lead to a real 'Living on Water' community across the country in the longer-term.