Lin's Mill Aqueduct

City of Edinburgh | Newbridge | Aqueduct | ★★

[Lin's Mill aqueduct]

Midway between Edinburgh and Livingston the Union Canal comes up against an awkward topographical barrier in the form of an abrupt gorge, where the River Almond has carved deep into surrounding Lothian farmland. Constructed in the early 1820s, Lin's Mill Aqueduct surmounts this obstacle, completing a navigable link by water between the capital and Falkirk - there are two other major aqueducts elsewhere on the route. You don't need a canal boat to admire the excellent views down to the river 76 feet below, thanks to the convenient car park at the eastern end of the aqueduct. And if you're feeling brave, scramble down to river level to gaze at the massive stone arches from underneath.

[View south up the River Almond from the middle of the aqueduct]

Location & info

📌 Lin's Mill Aqueduct ★★
Off minor road 2 mi southwest of Newbridge, G.R.: NT 105706 ///attitudes.spots.hides
Always open | Free

💬 Adjacent car park is at G.R.: NT 106705 ///reliving.only.giants - with access to it by an unsurfaced, potholed track. To view the aqueduct from below, descend the steps at the west end of the car park, cross the track and follow one of the steep, informal paths through trees down to the river bank (5-min walk each way).

[View from below]

[Aqueduct from the east end]

[Overflow mechanism]

[View north down the River Almond from the middle of the aqueduct]

[River Almond below the aqueduct]


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