Caledonian Canal – Fort Augustus to Laggan Locks

We have just returned from a trip on the Caledonian Canal. We hired a motor cruiser from Caley Cruisers (I would highly recommend them) for a four night trip. We started from Inverness and cruised the length of Loch Ness on Monday evening. I didn’t get any particularly good photographs that day, though there was a seagull following our boat most of the way, so I snapped him (or her).


The light was grey and flat, though the scenery was beautiful. Therefore, I will start with day two, when we set off in the morning from Fort Augustus in Eriskay VI:

Eriskay VI neatly moored on the left. 

I didn’t get a chance to take any photographs of the locking procedure at Fort Augustus. There were five gates in a row, six boats in each lock with us, and we had to pull her through using ropes, so I didn’t have a free hand for my camera, but here is our boat waiting to go through Cullochy Lock, which is not far from Fort Augustus.

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Coming out of Cullochy Lock with several other boats.

There were a number of swing bridges. I have several photos of the approach to Aberchalder Swing Bridge.




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Then we were out into the very beautiful Loch Oich. The sun sparkled on the water, but in the distance, the glowering clouds cast their shadows over the mountainside.




We called in at the ruined Invergarry Castle.



Through another swing bridge and we were back into the narrower canal. The trees crowded the banks, lending a real sense of isolation and peace.


We are already back in Norway, but there are more photos to share. I will do so within the next couple of days. Hope you enjoyed these.

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