The markings must be followed - see map aboard.
As you sail up the Caledonian Canal (towards Inverness), the red markings must be on the left side of the boat and the green on the right side of the boat.
When you sail towards Fort William - keep the red on the right side and green on the left side. Stick to the sailing path, on the map indicated by -------- to avoid getting into the shallow waters.
The maps of the sailing area are marked with shallow areas (this is shaded on the map) and buoys to mark the recommended routes or symbols of stones and rocks that you must beware of.
Life jackets should be worn on the larger lakes where the wind can blow up, and always when aboard the dinghy.
The locks are operated by a lockmaster. Normally open 8:00 to 18:00 during high season, sometimes with a shorter lunch break. Lock fees are included in the rental price.
The banks along the Caledonian Canal are quite rocky. You should only moor at designated moorings pontoons and jetties. Moorings are free at most spots along the Caledonian Canal but in a few places, you will be charged a small fee.
The highland roads leading to the base at Laggan can be quite difficult to navigate. Therefore, we recommend that you take extra driving time of at least an hour or perhaps a litte more into account if you are driving there yourself.
If you end up being late anyways it is important that you call the base as fast as possible. This way the staff can make sure, that you can sleep on the boat overnight and do the check in the next day. It is quite annoying to arrive at a locked boat without a key.
When sailing from Falkirk you can choose between the canals Forth & Clyde Canal, which runs towards Glasgow, and Union Canal, which runs towards Edinburgh.
If you want to sail on the Union Canal, please note that you must book access in advance. But this can be done when you reach the base. Here you will also receive more information about how it is done.
Scotland is the birthplace of the noble sport of golf. Look at our overview of courses along your route if you want to play a round on the neatly trimmed greens and fairways.
You won’t find many golf courses immediately on the banks of the lochs and canals. But in each end of the Caledonian Canal you’ll find reason to bring out the clubs. In Fort William you can take a short trip to Fort William Golf Club. In Inverness you’ll pass right by the courses of Kings Golf Club.
Whether you float along the Forth & Clyde Canal towards Glasgow or The Union Canal towards Edinburgh you’ll see golf courses going all the way to the bank of the canal. I.e. Ruchill Golf Course (Forth & Clyde Canal) or Linlithgow Golf Club (The Union Canal).