Discover the Caledonian Canal by Boat

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. Take in the spectacular Scottish scenery and amazing wildlife.

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 videos below and you’ll 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.

Did you know, you can also book your Caledonian Canal transit licence online? Arrange your journey through the Caledonian Canal online today!

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.

Your local waterway office

Caledonian Canal Office
Seaport Marina
Muirtown Wharf
Inverness, IV3 5LE

Tel: 01463 72550