Ben Nevis & Glencoe Guiding

Walking and Climbing on Famous Scottish Mountains
Find out more
Advertisement

The Caledonian Canal

The Caledonian Canal in the Great Glen between Fort William and Inverness including world famous Loch Ness. Thomas Telfords Caledonian Canal

The Caledonian Canal is a major feature and attraction in the landscape of the Fort William area and of course, the Great Glen. A natural geological fault line stretching from Fort William in the south west to Inverness in the north east, it was designed and constructed by Thomas Telford and opened to shipping in 1822. Today the Caledonian Canal is owned and operated by British Waterways.
 
At Fort William, the southern end of the Great Glen, the Caledonian Canal allows vessels to enter from Loch Linnhe and the Atlantic Ocean, and make passage through the Great Glen by canal lock systems and natural fresh water lochs, including Loch Ness, to Inverness and the North Sea.
 
 Between Corpach, Banavie, Gairlochy, Loch Lochy and Loch Oich, the canal provides an opportunity to explore its lock gates and banks. The Canal towpath also forms part of the Great Glen Way a walking or cycle route. Watching commercial shipping and pleasure craft navigate the lock gates at Corpach Basin, Neptune's Staircase at Banavie and Gairlochy near Spean Bridge makes for an interesting day out in Lochaber.

All along the Canal route you can enjoy wonderful views of Ben Nevis and the Grey Corries, spot birds and wildlife and generally enjoy the peaceful nature of the Canal Way. If you would like to stay in a place near the canal, but still only a short drive to Fort William, just try searching for "caledonian canal" to see listings show up here.

There is a cycle route along one of the Canal banks and the Great Glen Way takes walkers along the Canalside for the first section of the journey through the Great Glen.

One local holiday operator - Caledonian Discovery, operate the vessel "Fingal" which will take you on a week's cruise either up to Inverness, or  down to Fort William. They also provide walking, cycling and watersports along the way.

Read next

Explore these featured listings

Inchree Centre
A family-run establishment, offering good-quality, competitively-priced holiday Chalet & Ensuite Room accommodation, with on-site Pub-Restaurant.  Inchree is situated in a highly-convenient location just south of Fort William on the A82. Located midway between the Ben Nevis and the Glencoe mountains, in the picturesque village of Onich, we offer the best of both worlds. The popular tourism town of fort william is 8 miles (11 km) away. From our place, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views overlooking Loch Linnhe and the Morven Mountains. Our holiday accommodation is set in completely private and spacious landscaped grounds, and guests often comment on the peacefulness of the location. From our doorstep there are miles of lovely forest trails to explore in the nearby Glen Righ forest. You can also easily walk to the impressive Inchree Waterfalls, which drop 100 metres in a series of steps. Inchree is also a 5 minute walk form the shoreline of Loch Linnhe. Our accommodation options consist of 8 chalets and 11 ensuite rooms. Both chalets and rooms have excellent self-catering kitchens. (Private facilities for chalets, shared kitchens for rooms.) We have 4 chalets for 2 to 4 persons each, and 4 chalets for 2 to 6 persons. We have 5 twin ensuite rooms and 6 ensuite family rooms also. Family rooms are of varying bed sizes,and can be used by larger groups also. The Corran Ferry, which crosses the Loch at it's narrowest point, and provides access to the spectacular and remote far-west of Lochaber, is only 300 metres from Inchree. The ferry is free to pedestrians and cyclists and takes only 5 minutes to cross From the other side, there are more short walks and cycles to enjoy. We have an on-site Pub-Restauarant, open from 5.30pm until late, with a dinner menu served form 6pm to 9.30pm. The bar serves Highland-brewed Real Ales and a fine selection of Malt Whiskies. The reputable dinner menu makes good use of local produce, with vegetarian options available. A daily-changing 'specials' blackboard supplements the main menu, with both offering a wide choice of freshly-prepared dishes such as local seafood and game. (More limited opening and meal availability between November and March - please check on our website.) Additional on-site facilities include free WI-FI and a public internet computer, (in pub) and excellent wet-gear drying facilites if you have been out walking / climbing that day and got a bit soggy. There is also a self-service laundry available, with washing machine and dryer. The pub sells a selection of the best local walking maps and guidebooks too. Please follow the link to our website, where you can get full details on our facilites - you can also check availability and book securely on-line. If you need any more info, then please 'phone or e-mail us at any time.
No data
No data
Larchwood B&B
Larchwood B&B is situated just outside the village of Roy Bridge, in Glen Spean. The house is set in its own grounds of 2 acres, with a further 3 acres of croft land adjacent, and enjoys a remote, riverside position set back from the road. There are scenic views in all directions and wildlife abounds. Ample parking is available plus secure parking for bikes and outdoor equipment.  Aside from enjoying the spectacular scenery, a whole range of activities including hill walking, climbing, skiing, mountain biking, fishing and water-sports are easily available within a short distance.  Larchwood is an ideal place to stay while visiting or touring the Highlands of Scotland. Fort William is 18 miles away (25 minutes drive) whilst Ben Nevis, Glencoe, the Great Glen, Loch Ness, Inverness, Oban and the Isle of Skye are all within easy reach of a day trip. There is plenty to do, however long you stay, and always something to come back to next time. Larchwood has underfloor central heating in all rooms and two well-appointed Guest Bedrooms: The Garden Room. A large and lavishly furnished room with king sized double bed, full length windows with patio door leading to decking and garden, giving breath-taking views across our pond to the mountains beyond. En-suite shower room, TV, tea and coffee making facilities. The Croft Room has views of our croft, Cille Choirill church and the hills beyond. Double bed, en-suite bath room (with shower), TV, tea and coffee making facilities. Both B&B rooms have been carefully decorated and furnished to a high standard, with warm and comfortable beds. We aim to provide luxury bed and breakfast accommodation, a home from home. WiFi Internet Access is available for guests to use as well as a full sized snooker table. Drying facilities available. All the rooms are located on the ground floor. 
No data
No data
Garmoran Square Self Catering Cottages
Garmoran Square offers the best of both worlds - a rural getaway amid spectacular west coast scenery but with contemporary city-chic on the accommodation front. Designed to the highest standard of luxury and awarded 5 stars from Visit Scotland for Tioram and Somerled cottages and 4 star for MacRuairi and Shiel cottages. All have a traditional-looking croft exterior that is sympathetic to its surroundings and gives lie to the luxurious, contemporary interiors. The properties sleep 2, 4, 6, and 6 people or up to 18 if taken as a whole – and every bedroom has an en suite bathroom or shower room. Situated in Mingarry, Moidart, close to Ardnamurchan, Garmoran Square is just 1 hour from Fort William and within easy reach of Mull, and Skye. The elegant cottages have stunning views across Loch Shiel to Ben Resipole. Each is unique and has been tastefully, decorated, with quality fixtures and fittings throughout — solid oak and slate floors. Fantastic 11.5ft ceilings and floor to ceiling windows frame the stunning scenery and wildlife. Tioram and Somerled have large lounges with separate kitchen / dining rooms. MacRuairi and Shiel have open plan kitchen / living/ dinning. With cloak rooms that double up as drying rooms. Bedrooms are either king size double or twin rooms excellent mattress and high quality cotton linen. Chopped wood is readily available for you to stoke up the fire and lovely Arran Aromatics in the bathroom set you up for a lovely spa bath! Maps, walking books and binoculars, are in the cottages for your use during your stay as well as a selection of non fiction books, games, and DVD’s. Hairdryers and alarm clocks in every bedroom. There is also a BBQ. Each cottage has its own deck area with outside garden furniture. The cottages sit in a well maintained garden that is fenced and gated. There is a storage shed for bikes etc. A welcome hamper of home baking, tea, ground coffee, sugar, milk and jam awaits your arrival. Whether you are in the highlands for the scenery, wildlife, outdoors, history or just a get away Garmoran Square can offer it all — a truly great holiday awaits you. Mingarry is situated in Moidart on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, to the west of Fort William and north of the Isle of Mull. Moidart is best known as Bonnie Prince Charlie country as he arrived in Kinlochmoidart in August 1745 landing at Castle Tioram on route from France and set sail up Loch Shiel from Dalilea. Mingarry is a small crofting township. There are a number of public dwellings such as a church, which was erected by Hope Scott in 1862, as well as a mixture of traditional crofts, some private houses and the Clanranald Hotel. There is also a hotel, pub and restaurant offering great quality food using local produce. Medical centre can also be found in Acharacle.
No data
No data