Carr Gomm Canal Challenge

Take on the Carr Gomm Challenge Challenge to help fight isolation and loneliness in Scotland!

Take on the #BigCarrGommChallenge!


As part of our 25th birthday celebration, we hope to raise £25,000 to continue our great work of helping combat isolation and loneliness in Scotland, and we want you to get involved!

From Wednesday the 20th to Sunday the 24th of September, we will be walking from Carr Gomm Govan (Glasgow) to Carr Gomm SPACE (Edinburgh) along the Canals, taking in the beautiful sights of the  Forth & Clyde and Union Canal towpaths.

Lace-up your walking shoes, hop on your bike, or get ready to cycle because this event is open to everyone!

Accessibility is at the heart of this challenge. We welcome people of all abilities, and the route is designed to accommodate walkers, cyclists, and riders alike. This is an inclusive event that aims to bring people together, so don’t forget to invite your family, friends, and even your furry pals!

Take part for five days, three days, or even just a morning, and you will receive a FREE Carr Gomm t-shirt as a thank you for your fundraising efforts.

Are you ready to make a difference and take a step towards ending loneliness and isolation in Scotland?

Than sign up for the Carr Gomm Canal Challenge now!

How to Register

Use the link below to register for the Carr Gomm Chanal Challenge.

Choose the number of days you would like to complete and fill out the registration details.

Your E-ticket confirmation will arrive in your inbox shortly to confirm your attendance, along with a request form to receive your FREE Carr Gomm t-shirt!

Register Here


The easiest way to fundraise for the Carr Gomm Canal Challenge is by creating a JustGiving page. This can be shared through messenger, social media platforms, emails and by using QR codes on posters.

To create your page, follow the instructions below:

  1. Click the link below to take you to the Carr Gomm Canal Challenge JustGiving page.
  2. Select ‘Join the team’ (located on the right-hand side of the page, above the fundraising target.)
  3. Sign in or create a JustGiving account.
  4. From there, you can either create a brand-new fundraising page or connect an existing page.
  5. If you are creating a new page, answer the questions about your fundraiser.
  6. When asked, ‘Are you taking part in an activity?’, select ‘I’m doing my own activity’ and fill in the required information.
  7. Select a fundraising target (This can be changed after the page has been set up)
  8. Finally, you can personalise your page with your own story of why you are fundraising for Carr Gomm and include any photos or videos you choose.
  9. Once you are happy, select ‘Launch my page’, and your fundraiser will be live!
  10. Congratulations, you are now fundraising for Carr Gomm!

Set-up fundraising page

We are so thankful that you have chosen to fundraise for Carr Gomm and want to help you on your fundraising journey.

Use our fundraising resources for tips and ideas on how to make your fundraising successful!

If you have any questions or need advice, please contact us at

Fundraising Resources

Where Your Money Goes

Every penny raised through the Canal Challenge goes back into community projects in Scotland.

Fundraised money enables us to provide many varied additional opportunities for people and families across Scotland to come together and improve their lives.

Any amount of money fundraised can go a long way to providing new opportunities for people in Scotland. Our community projects give people a chance to meet new people, create new friendships, and develop and increase their sense of community by helping people to increase their confidence and determination to live a more fulfilling life.

Previous fundraised money has gone to projects, such as, Keep Warm Boxes for people in Argyll & Bute, running a Games Group for people in Glasgow and hosting a Cooking Club in Edinburgh.

For more on what we do with fundraised money, visit our Fundraising pages. 

The Route

Challenge yourself to walk, roll or cycle along the Forth & Clyde and Union Canal towpaths, and fundraise for the #BigCarrGommChallenge.

This walk is not just about covering a distance; it’s about walking with purpose.

By taking part you will help raise vital funds that go directly towards setting up and running community projects across Scotland.

These projects give the most vulnerable in our society a safe place to meet new friends and feel a sense of belonging.

Join us for the full five days, or even just a morning – you have the freedom to decide what is a challenge for you.

Bring your loved ones – family, friends, and pets are more than welcome to join you on this special challenge!

Choose your fundraising target and set up your personal fundraising page on Just Giving to start collecting donations.


9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Day One – Govan to Kirkintilloch

Govan to Kirkintilloch –19 km

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Day Two – Kirkintilloch to Falkirk

Kirkintilloch to Falkirk – 23 km

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Day Three – Falkirk to Linlithgow

Falkirk to Linlithgow – 18 km

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Day Four – Linlithgow to Ratho

Linlithgow to Ratho – 18 km

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Day Five – Ratho to Craigmillar

Ratho to SPACE (Craigmillar) – 21km

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The route passes through Scotland’s central belt with easy access to accommodation along the way.


Travelodge offers pet-friendly, budget accommodation.


Alternatively, the canal routes are also well-connected to nearby towns and cities, so participants can easily come along for a day via train or bus.


Contact for more details or if you need support arranging accommodation or transport.


Please read the FAQs below.

If you have any other questions or need any support with setting up your fundraiser, please feel free to email us at!

Is there a registration fee?
No, the challenge is completely free to enter.
Will Carr Gomm provide a fundraising t-shirt for participants?
Yes, Carr Gomm will provide a fundraising t-shirt for fundraisers who commit to raising £100 or more in donations.
Is the challenge accessible?
Yes, the challenge follows footpaths and tow paths which are accessible. There are short sections of coblestones. Please let us know if you have any specific accessibility requirements, and we will do our best to accommodate them.
Do I have to use JustGiving to fundraise?
No, you can fundraise offline or use a different platform. You can learn more about the different fundraising options in our fundraising pack.
Are dogs allowed?
Yes, well-behaved dogs are allowed. Dogs should be supervised at all times and kept on a leash during busy sections of the route.
Is there parking available along the route?
Parking availability along the route will vary depending on the specific location. In some areas, there may be designated parking lots or on-street parking available near the canal paths.
Are there public transport links along the route?
Edinburgh and Glasgow are both well served by bus and train. The canal routes are also well-connected to nearby towns and cities.
What should I do if I need to drop out of the challenge?
We understand that circumstances may change, and you might need to withdraw from the canal challenge. If this happens, please reach out to our fundraising team on
Is there accommodation available along the route?
Yes, the route passes through Scotland’s central belt with easy access to accommodation along the way. Travelodge offers pet friendly, budget accommodation.