A hidden gem location in Scotland known for its extraordinary engineering has been named one of the best canal holidays in Britain.

Introducing the list of top canal breaks, The Telegraph said: "While holiday hire boats have been around for only a few decades, passenger boats date to the early 19th century.

"In 1833, the Water Witch, a 70ft-long, 6ft-wide horse-drawn passenger-carrying “packet boat”, began service on the Lancaster Canal, taking people from Preston to Lancaster, a lock-free distance of 30 miles, in a fast three hours."

It added: "Holidaying on the inland waterways is to step back in time to a slower era. Grooves on bridges worn by ropes are a visible reminder of the days when life proceeded at the walking pace of a horse, 4mph, still the speed limit today."

Scottish spot named one of the best canal holidays in Britain

The Falkirk Wheel was named one of the best places in the UK for those looking to go on a canal holiday.

The marvel of modern engineering located in Scotland was said to be the "highlight" of any cruise passing through the area.

The Telegraph said: "The world’s only rotating boat lift, the Falkirk Wheel, which opened in 2002, raises boats from the Forth and Clyde Canal to the Union Canal, 115ft above.

"A passage through this engineering marvel is a highlight on a cruise over aqueducts and through quiet countryside for 31 miles to Edinburgh, where you can moor in Lochrin Basin, surrounded by modern office and residential blocks and restaurants – just half an hour’s walk from Edinburgh Castle."

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Recommending nearby boats to stay on, the newspaper said the Black Prince, which offers four-berth boats at its Falkirk base from around £2039 a week, would be a great pick.

For a kayaking holiday, the Great Glen Canoe Trail was highly commended by the title.

It said: "The Great Glen Canoe Trail (01463 725500; greatglencanoetrail.info) is a 60-mile route across Scotland following the Caledonian Canal and the lengths of three lochs. Camp on the way or stay in B&Bs. Join a guided expedition or organise your own."