The Caledonian Canal In The Great Glen
Britian's longest inland waterway stretches from Fort William in the south-west to Inverness in the north-east with the Great Glen in between
The Caledonian Canal is Britain's longest inland waterway set amongst the fantastic scenery of the Scottish Highlands. Uniquely, the Caledonian Canal is made up of four fresh water lochs and a series of man-made canals and lock systems along its length. The Great Glen Way and Great Glen Cycle Route passes along the Canal on its way to Inverness.
Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness are three of these lochs and,as a result, there are lots of canal lock sections and interesting bays and sheltered places to tie up when navigating on this fastinating waterway. We think that Loch Oich is particularly pretty with a beautiful beech woodland providing a foreground for photographs and an attractive shoreline for passing boats.
The Caledonian Canal is a very popular waterway with visiting boats from Scandinavia, working boats travelling to and from the west coast for fishing, and lots of visitors enjoying a crusing holiday on a chartered barge or motor cruiser. Fingal of Caledonia is one such business and another is Caley Cruisers. In Victorian times this was a fabulous way to travel in the Highlands - by steam train and paddle-steamer. If only....
part of the Great Glen Way
at Loch Oich, Caledonian Canal
in the Canal at Banavie
local Fort William walk
with Loch Linnhe in the distance
on Loch Lochy, in the Great Glen
crosses the Canal at Banavie