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
||Mon 23 Mar - Sun 24 May
|8.30am - 5.30pm
||Mon 25 May - Sun 30 Aug
|8.00am - 6.00pm
||Mon 31 Aug - Sun 1 Nov
|8.30am - 5.30pm
||Mon 2 Nov - tbc
||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.
Dinghies and Unpowered Craft
If your boat is unpowered but too large or heavy to portage
around the lock chambers then it will need to have a canal licence.
For safety reasons occupants of small unpowered craft using the
lock chambers are likely to be asked to disembark and pull the
craft through on ropes. Sailing in the manmade canal reaches is
prohibited by canal byelaws - vessels must be rowed or under
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 terms and conditions. If you would
like to join our waiting list, download our long-term mooring pack.
Planning to transit the canal and leave your boat in Inverness
for up to a month?
Call us on 01463 725500 for our great value
transit & berth rates!
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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.