Caledonian Canal

The majestic Caledonian Canal is considered by many as one of the greatest waterways of the world. Running from Fort William in the west to Inverness in the east, this 60 mile coast to coast channel passes through exciting towns and villages, spectacular lochs, and beautiful countryside.

Boating

Boats locking through flight at Fort Augustus on the Caledonian Canal

Explore the Caledonian Canal by water. Bring your own boat, hire a cruiser or charter a yacht for a canal holiday, take a day-trip on Loch Ness, or stay on a hotel boat or holiday barge. 

Paddling

Paddlers on the Caledonian Canal

This stunning waterway is a popular choice for many paddle expeditions. From an exciting and varied sea-to-sea challenge for the long distance canoeist to many opportunities for attractive day paddles.

Fishing

anglers and cyclists using Scotland's canals

The Canal and its lochs - Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, Loch Ness and Loch Dochfour - are excellent for salmon and sea trout.

Wildlife

Wildlife on the Caledonian Canal

Discover a range of Scotland's wildlife as you explore the Caledonian Canal. From the iconic  red deer to some rare ancient species of beetle, there is a richness to the wildlife in the area.

Events

people watching performer from wharfside and on boats

This beautiful area of the Highlands of Scotland is an ideal area to explore on holiday whether sailing or on the shore. Discover events along the way that can bring the culture and heritage of Scotland to life.

Walking

Walking along the Caledonian Canal

The area around the Caledonian Canal is excellent walking country.  Fort William and Lochaber boasts some of Scotland's finest mountains, with Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, overlooking the entrance to the canal at Corpach.

Holidays

Vatersay house at Kytra on the Caledonian Canal with cruiser in foreground

Make a holiday of it! This part of Scotland is stunningly beautiful and ideal for canal boat holidays. Self-catering holidays and hotel based options are also available.

History

Bona Lighthouse on Loch Ness

Linking the lochs of the Great Glen, the Caledonian provided a safe route for naval and merchant ships to avoid the treacherous Pentland Firth and Cape Wrath.

Cycling

2 children cycling along canal towpath

Enjoy the tranquillity of the Caledonian Canal towpath or the challenge of the Great Glen Mountain Bike Trails. Something for all the family.