Exploring the Caledonian Canal

On a stay with us here at Abbey Holidays, one of the main attractions on our doorstep is the amazing Caledonian Canal. The 60-mile long waterway stretches from Fort William to Inverness, passing through many towns and villages, including our own village of Fort Augustus. In fact, Fort Augustus is one of the best places to see the canal and its working locks. This is also home to the Caledonian Canal Visitor Centre, where you can find out more about the history and heritage of this great feat of engineering.

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History of the Caledonian Canal

The Caledonian Canal runs from Fort William to Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. A third of its length is man-made, while the rest is made up of four natural Scottish lochs. These are: Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich, and Loch Lochy, which lie in the Great Glen. The canal first opened in 1822, after 12 years in the making. Built by the renowned engineer Thomas Telford, it featured 29 locks, 4 aqueducts and 10 bridges.

For many years, the canal was an important trade route, allowing people and goods to move more quickly and safely across Scotland. It became a particularly important shipping route during the First World War, as vessels tried to avoid enemy detection. In 1995, the Caledonian Canal closed for major restoration works, re-opening 10 years later. Today, it is a popular tourist destination. It attracts thousands of visitors who come to take in its beauty, walk and cycle its towpaths, and cruise its waterways.

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Things to do on the Caledonian Canal

While staying here in Fort Augustus, there are so many ways you can enjoy the canal. Whether that’s sitting and watching the boats as they make their way through the locks, walking and cycling on the towpaths, paddling on the Great Glen Canoe Trial, taking a boat trip on Loch Ness, or fishing for salmon and sea trout. The Caledonian Canal Centre in Fort Augustus offers visitor facilities including an information point, gift shop and café. It’s located right on the waterside and is a great place to discover the history of the canal and pick up a wee souvenir of your visit.

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So, book your self-catering break with Abbey Holidays Loch Ness and enjoy all the great Caledonian Canal has to offer. Choose your accommodation, explore our extensive facilities and see our latest special offers.

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By Loch Ness

Set on the beautiful banks of the loch, Abbey Holidays Loch Ness offers luxury accommodation in the Scottish Highlands. With attention to detail and your comfort in mind, Loch Ness Abbey offers you a real home from home.

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Not only do our self-catering apartments and cottages have their own wonderful amenities, but there’s a huge range of exciting attractions right on our doorstep.

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