Caledonian Canal

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The Caledonian Canal is one of the great waterways of the world, running through the very heart of Scotland some 60 miles (97 km) from northeast to southwest. The whole stretch was devised and constructed under the direction of esteemed Scottish engineer Thomas Telford, as an alternative to the hazardous journey around the north of Scotland via Cape Wrath and the Pentland Firth also offering protection to shipping from attacks by French privateers on the open sea. Only one third of the entire length is man-made, the rest being formed by Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich, and Loch Lochy.

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Caledonian Canal Tours

Boating on the Caledonian Waterway is unlike any other canal boat experience in the UK. With short stretches of man-made channels linking the scenic Scottish lochs, this is a stunning cruising experience. Navigating Neptune’s Staircase while on board is the best way to appreciate Telford’s engineering masterpiece, a flight of eight chambers and the longest staircase lock in Britain.

Distance from B&B:

  • 1.5 miles