Forth and Clyde Canal near Auchinstarry
|Auchinstarry shown within North Lanarkshire|
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Auchinstarry Basin is on the Forth and Clyde Canal, and a £1.2m regeneration project has created a mooring basin for boats with 56 pontoon berths, a hard standing area for 40 boats, and a customer facilities block, partly funded by British Waterways Scotland. The basin was officially opened in September 2005.
The Environment Advisory Service (EAS), a government agency, has implemented a number of sustainability features at Auchinstarry Basin:
- Deploying recycled materials in all parts of the construction process
- An innovative pump which draws heat from the canal; it is believed that this is the first such use of canal water in the UK
- Plans for installing wind turbines, and a new pub which is self-sufficient in its energy needs
It is also home to Auchinstarry Quarry which is a very popular rock-climbing destination, boasting a very wide range of climbing.
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