Sonia has explored Falkirk’s two canals for 17 years

The Forth and Clyde Canal joins the Union Canal at the Falkirk Wheel. Picture: Michael Gillen
The Forth and Clyde Canal joins the Union Canal at the Falkirk Wheel. Picture: Michael Gillen

Falkirk’s canals are great attractions for visitors and residents

Sonia McLay from Hallglen has been exploring the picturesque waterways of the Union Canal and Forth and Clyde canals for 17 years and is currently a volunteer for the Seagull Trust, crewing the Wooden Spoon Kelpies boat to the Helix.

She said: “The journey began in 1997 when I started to walk around the area, then in 1998 I met Billy Mason who had a small barge (the Bonny Barge) and would take people for trips along the Forth and Clyde Canal.

“I remember a lovely trip I did with my father James to show him the new Falkirk Wheel in 2001, but this all ended in 2006 when Billy retired.

“I have been a volunteer with Seagull Trust Cruises since 2009, and have been lucky enough to crew with them on their purpose-built barges. As an avid amateur photographer I have spent many hours behind the lens of my Olympus digi cam.”