Boating on the Caledonian Canal is unlike any other canal boat
experience in the UK. With short stretches of man-made canal
linking the scenic Scottish lochs, this is a stunning location for
a canal boat holiday or any kind of cruising. Watch the Great Glen
Ways Video and you will be persuaded!
The canal is popular with sailors who want to avoid the lengthy
passage around Cape Wrath en route to and from the west coast
cruising grounds. It is ideal for yachts and cruisers; in fact,
sailing across Loch Ness is more akin to a short sea crossing than
a canal journey! Hire a boat for a day or a week and discover this
stunning stretch of water. Find out more about Caledonian Boat
Boaters should allow a minimum of two and a half days to transit
the canal. But why rush? Take some time sailing around Loch Ness,
or explore the wonderful waterside scenery. See what the Great Glen
has to offer.
The Skipper's Guide for
the Caledonian Canal is the complete reference guide to
boating on this unique canal.
Get a Licence
Find out how much your journey will cost by using our online price
calculator or download our Transit & Short Term Licence Fees
to find out more about transiting the canal. Licences are available
at either of the Sea Locks or at Seaport Marina.
Operating Hours 2013-2014
||Mon 4 Nov - Sun 23 Mar
|9.00am - 4.00pm
||Mon - Fri
||Mon 24 Mar - Sun 25 May
|8.30am - 5.30pm
||Mon 26 May - Sun 31 Aug
|8.00am - 6.00pm
||Mon 1 Sept - Sun 2 Nov
|8.30am - 5.30pm
||Mon 3 Nov - tbc
||9.00am - 4.00pm
||Mon - Fri
NB. Following the Winter Closure, for the week
commencing Monday 17th March, the canal will operate on Winter
hours (9.00am - 4.00pm, Mon - Fri)
Please note that due to reduced staffing numbers, we are unable
to guarantee assistance to single-handed boaters, so please ensure
you have sufficient crew onboard to handle your ropes.
Single-handed boaters are likely to experience delays.
Vessels wishing to enter Clachnaharry Sea Lock should radio the
Sea Lock Keeper on VHF Channel 74 or 16 as they pass under the
Kessock Bridge. Radio Corpach Sea Lock as the Sea Lock comes in to
sight. This allows the Lock Keepers to advise of any boat movements
and prepare for your arrival.
Long Term Moorings
There are waiting lists for all long-term moorings along
the canal. To find out more about staying on the canal long-term,
take a look at our fees and conditions. If you would like
to join our waiting list, download our long-term mooring pack. Here's a quick
guide to prices and facilities at our long-term
We also have winter moorings available along the Caledonian
Visiting Boats Survey
Once you've visited us, why not fill out our quick online
survey, and let us know about your experiences on the
We really appreciate feedback to help us improve the services we
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'CHECK-CLEAN DRY' - 3 simple steps of a campaign to encourage all water users to help stop the spread of invasive aquatic species. Invasive species including zebra mussel, New Zealand Pigmyweed and Killer shrimp can affect fish and other wildlife, restrict navigation, clog up propellers and are costly to manage.