Caledonian Canal

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Inspiration for sailing on the Caledonian Canal in Scotland

For Harry Potter fans - take the adventurous train line West Highland Railway one of the world's most spectacular train routes described as the Hogwarts Express. It runs from Banavie to the small fishing village of Mallaig.

Sail to Banavie and take the train to Scotland's highest mountain Ben Nevis - and you´ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view. At the top is the Snow Goose restaurant as well as the nature centre Mountain Discovery Centre.

 

 

A boating holiday on a Scottish canal is the perfect escape from the stresses of everyday life. Discover the amazing highlights of boating in Scotland - with the stunning hills and mountains in the highlands and be surrounded by beautiful scenery as far as the eye can see.

The channel contains several spectacular lock systems (28 locks in total) - the largest is Neptune's staircase by Benavie that lifts boats 64 feet up through eight locks - it took 900 men over 4 years to build the impressive lock system.

Boating Holidays on the Caledonian Canal

The Scottish Highlands invites to long walks in the clear Celtic air, where eagles patrols in the air high above. During your trip, you can enjoy the finest local dishes such as wild salmon, game birds and deer - and you get the chance to taste the local Haggis, followed it with a dram of fine Highland Malt Whisky.

Caledonian Canal stretches 97km across Scotland. The construction of the canals was begun in 1803 and the shortcut from the Atlantic to the North Sea was completed in 1822, the idea was that the merchant would not have to sail north of Scotland, through waters which, at the time were described as treacherous.

But when the canal was completed after 18 years of hard work, the default size of merchant ships was now much larger than when construction began, and Caledonian Canal was never the great commercial success it was intended to be. Today it is used mostly for recreational boats and boating holidays.

 

 

It is easy to cruise on the Caledonian Canal.

Ten Secret gems on the Caledonian Canal:

  • Banavie’s distillerierne
  • Great Glen Water Park
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Clansman Centre in Fort Augustus
  • Loch Ness Visitors Centre
  • Inverness’s Fortrose Cathedral
  • West Highland Railway
  • Cycling on Ben Nevis
  • Inverness’s Cawdor Castle
  • Fort William’s West Highland Museum.

Banavie

Banavie ligger kun 15 minutter fra Fort William. Besøg Ben Nevis-destilleriet for smagsprøver og indkøb af whisky. En flot måde at opleve området er via The Jacobite Steam Train. Pak en picnickurv og kør på en af de flotteste jernbanetogture i verden. Toget kører om formiddagen og vender tilbage til Fort Williams om eftermiddagen (med stop undervejs). Tillægning: Læg til ved pontonen - her er der bl.a. toiletter, bad og mulighed for at tanke vand.
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Inverness

Inverness er en historisk by, som er let at gå på opdagelse i. Nyd den fantastiske udsigt fra borgen og flodbredden og gå en tur i den gamle bydel eller det nyere Eastgate-kompleks. Hvis du vil opleve traditionel, skotsk musik og dans, er der næsten altid livemusik i byens gader. I den gamle bydel finder du Victoria Market, som er en overdækket arkade med nogle af byens travleste butikker og finurlige specialforretninter. Du finder desuden flere nationale kædebutikker i Eastgate Center. Tillægning: Læg til ved pontonerne ved golfbanen. Det er gratis, men der er heller ingen faciliteter, som man kan låne. Får man brug for at tanke vand eller landstrøm, må man derfor fortsætte under broen til Caley Cruiser's base, hvor man kan få lov at lægge til.
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Laggan (Le Boat)

Le Boat Harbour - An enchanting history and dramatic scenery await you when you get to the Scottish Highlands. The green hills reminiscent of Celtic legends and myths.
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