VIRTUAL visitors are now able to take a digital turn on the world’s only rotating boat lift or a desktop trek up Scotland’s longest lock flight thanks to a partnership between Scottish Canals and Google’s innovative ‘Street View’.

‘Armchair explorers’ are able to discover the many sights on Scotland’s historic waterways as the nation’s canals are added to Google’s ‘Street View’, allowing a virtual audience to take to the towpaths of some of Scotland’s most scenic and spectacular locations, from the myths and majesty of the Caledonian Canal’s Loch Ness to the west coast wonders of the Crinan Canal.

Scottish Canals’ Asset Inspection team have been treading the towpaths capturing over 137 miles of panoramic views using Google’s latest technology, the Trekker a 4ft, 40lb backpack which has been fitted with a 15 angle lens camera designed to take 360 pictures every 2.5 seconds.