THE NUMBER of Scots living and working on the country’s canals has quadrupled in three years.
More than 100 people have now forgone traditional bricks and mortar and chosen to join the floating communities on Scotland’s 137-mile canal network.
The latest addition to Scottish Canals’ 11 mooring sites is at the recently regenerated Speirs Wharf area of Glasgow, where the artistic community is now emerging.
Katie Hughes, director of estates at Scottish Canals, said: “From Inverness to Edinburgh and across the Central Belt, more and more people are realising that living on the water of Scotland’s canals offers a great alternative to a traditional bricks and mortar home.
“Like the canals themselves, each of our Living on Water mooring sites has its own character. It has been wonderful to see the communities that are beginning to flourish around them.
“From professionals looking for affordable city centre living, to artists looking for an inspirational work space, and even retirees searching for a tranquil spot to settle down, we have ensured there is something for everyone.”
Moorings start from as little as £1,500 and previously-owned boats are available for around £25,000 – less than half the price of a city-centre flat.
The moorings come equipped with a range of facilities including electricity, water supply and refuse disposal as standard.
Many locations also have additional amenities such as facilities blocks with showers, toilets and laundry rooms, while others also boast storage sheds, landscaped gardens and Wi-Fi.
Moored in Speirs Wharf, the recently-launched ‘John Hume’ is now welcoming guests as one of Glasgow’s most unusual holiday lets. The 114-year-old vessel has been lovingly restored and now boasts a luxurious interior including a power shower, fully equipped kitchen and even a wood burning stove.
For those looking for a more tranquil taste of Living on Water, Scottish Canals has a narrowboat called the ‘Blue Hue’ moored in Ratho near Edinburgh.