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....
To find out more we recommend reading Sandy Cameron's Getting to Know the Caledonian Canal, an authoritative book on the history of this famous canal, opened in 1822.
The Thomas Telford Corpach Marin
a is a new 40 berth marina at the entrance to the Canal at Corpach on Loch Linnhe - planned to open in Spring 2021.