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Speirs Wharf focus for Living on Water

By on May 20, 2015

Scottish Canals say the number of Scots living and working on our canals has quadrupled since launching their Living on Water initiative three years ago.

The Forth and Clyde Canal at the regenerated Glasgow’s Speirs Wharf area is the latest addition to 11 mooring sites with more than 100 people having now joined the floating communities on Scotland’s 137-mile canal network.

Speirs Wharf is now home to Scottish Opera, the Glasgow Academy of Music, Theatre & Arts and soon the new £5.8m headquarters for the National Theatre of Scotland.

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.”

All revenue generated by Living on Water is reinvested in safeguarding the rich heritage of the 200-year-old waterways and in projects that will help bring vibrancy, income and jobs to the communities on the water.

Moorings start from as little as £1500 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.

* At Speirs Wharf there are five moorings available from £1750. Here you’ll see the recently-launched ‘John Hume’, one of Glasgow’s most unusual holiday lets. The lovingly-restored 114-year-old vessel has  a luxurious interior including a power shower, fully equipped kitchen and even a wood burning stove. 


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