The Bridge 19-40 Union Canal Society
The Bridge 19-40 Union Canal Society

What we do


We aim to encourage the people living in the communities along the canal to take an interest in it and help maintain it as a pleasant amenity for boating, walking, cycling or fishing.


To this end, The Bridge 19-40 Union Canal Society’s main activities include:

  • Maintaining the canal and its immediate environment
  • Maintaining our boats (Bluebell and Roseann)
  • Running low-cost boat trips on the first Sunday afternoon of each month (from April to October)
  • Operating private charters on Bluebell
  • Co-operating / partnering with other organisations (such as LUCS, Re-Union and Edinburgh Canal Festival) to further our main aims
  • Raising funds to support the Society’s activities


We run our boat trips from Port Buchan in Broxburn but our boat Bluebell is moored at our base at Drumshoreland Basin, also the Union Canal base of British Waterways, just to the east of Bridge 23. We have a storage hut there for all our equipment and a water tap and power bollard.


History of the Society


Location is everything, and whilst the Edinburgh Canal Centre in Ratho looked after the stretch of the Union Canal up to the Almond (Linn’s Mill) aqueduct, and the Linlithgow Union Canal Society looked after the stretch around Linlithgow, the stretch between these two was sadly neglected.


Some of the founding members of the Society were based in and around Broxburn, which had a natural harbour beside its main street (at Port Buchan), with interesting journeys to either side.

The B.U.C.H.A.N. Society emerged in Broxburn in 1994 from a small group of like-minded canal enthusiasts. It was decided at their 1999 AGM to extend the area covered by the society, and to change its name.


The new "Bridge 19-40 Union Canal Society" was to operate between Bridge 19 (the first bridge in West Lothian) and Bridge 40 at Philpstoun.


The Bridge 19-40 Union Canal Society is a registered charity (SC023110) run solely by volunteers and supported by donations and income from events and boat trips.





Easter Bunny Boat Trips

Sat 20th April


Sunday Boat Trips

7 April

5 May

2 June

7 July

4 August

1 September

6 October

From 1pm - 4pm


Private Charters

Weather permitting, our narrowboat Bluebell can be chartered throughout the year for private parties of up to 12 people. Driver and crew included. 



 0779 557 3927



Newsletter Summer 2018



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