The Great Glen traverses the North of Scotland, passing through glorious Highland scenery between Fort William and Inverness.
The Caledonian Canal follows this geological fault, linking Corpach, near Fort William on the West Coast, with Inverness, 65 miles away on the East coast.
We cruise these waters amidst the spectacular backdrop of mountainous Highland scenery including the imposing sight of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK.
There is something here for everyone, from those keen just to enjoy a cruise in wonderful scenery, to others who like wildlife or outdoor sports. There are mountains galore, off beat tracks and towpaths for walking and mountain biking, quiet canal reaches and rivers for canoeing, shallow bays for wild swimming or woodland walks and castles to visit. For the more adventurous there are more challenging stretches of open water for longer trips by sailing dinghy or canoe.
The Canal was surveyed in 1802 by Thomas Telford and built between 1803 and 1822, linking the waters of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, the famous Loch Ness and Loch Dochfour. These freshwater lochs make up 38 miles of the waterway leaving just 22 miles of manmade canals. The result is a coast to coast waterway with a beauty and interest unparalleled in Britain.