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Aug 10, 2014 - Fort William to Gairlochy

Our first day of walking took us 17km from Fort William to Gairlochy following paths along the River Lochie, Loch Linnhe and the Caledonian Canal. There are many locks along the canal, the most impressive is Neptune's Staircase with 8 tightly packed locks - it takes canal cruisers a minimum of 90 minutes to pass through all of the 8 locks. Drizzly rain for most of the day, we are experiencing the aftermath of a hurricane somewhere in the Northern Hemisphere. Our host met us at Gairlochy and drove us to our accommodation at Spean Bridge. We...

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Jun 12, 2011 - Spean Bridge and the Fort Augustus Locks

Today we make our way into the Scottish Highlands. First of all we follow Loch Lomond and then a series of other lochs and canals until we reach Fort Augustus – here we come across another set of canal locks, this time a ‘stair’ of five. . We enjoy watching the boats being taken through each lock – four at a time. This time the locks are fully manned – the lock men don’t have much of an opinion of some of the yachtsmen – according to them ‘they might have money to buy these things but that doesn’t mean they have any brains’. We have a chat...

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