Lochs and locks cruising the caledonian canal we are not alone in the belief that cruising the caledonian canal is the perfect way to appreciate the rugged beauty of the scottish highlands this 60 mile waterway which bisects the highlands from fort william in the south west to inverness in the north east passes brooding castles and connects . Download this stock image the caledonian canal at north end of loch ness highland scotland passenger steamer and pleasure boats in dochgarroch lock at4jwk from alamys library of millions of high resolution stock photos illustrations and vectors. This much photographed flight of locks is situated within fort augustus village and lowers the caledonian canal down to the level of loch ness to the ne the swing bridge nh30ne 22 crosses the canal at the tail of the lowest lock these locks are depicted but not noted on the 1971 edition of the os 110000 map. Caledonian canal 1773 the canal was conceived to provide safe passage for shipping including the british royal navy avoiding the dangerous route through the pentland firth and around cape wrath the construction of the canal also provided employment after the highland clearances the route was first surveyed by james watt in 1773
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