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Avon Aqueduct, Linlithgow

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Avon Aqueduct.

The Avon Aqueduct is a navigable aqueduct on the Union Canal near Linlithgow, West Lothian.

It is 810 feet long and 86 feet high; it is the longest and tallest aqueduct in Scotland, and the second longest in Britain (after the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Wales). It can be viewed from Muiravonside Country Park.

The aqueduct was built in 1819-21 after a design by Thomas Telford. The Engineer was Hugh Baird.

There are twelve arches, and the water is carried in a cast iron trough. There is a towpath along both sides.


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