Kytra Embankment

Update 4th November 2019

The towpath closure is now in place. Whilst this section is closed, users are invited to call the freephone number 0800 622 6366 where an on-call shuttle service will be available between 8.30am to 5.00pm.


The Caledonian Canal is one of the Highlands most popular visitor attractions with over 1,400 boats transiting the canal each year.

Scottish Canals have a prioritised asset management programme for all canal works in Scotland, based on condition and risk. Kytra Embankment has been identified as priority due to condition and visitor safety.

Whilst undertaking the installation of new lock gates at Kytra in January 2019, additional safety issues were raised concerning the embankment. Following the concerns, we are undertaking some essential stabilisation works this winter. To allow us to do this safely, the towpath will be closed from Monday 4th November 2019 to Friday 27th March 2020. Further details on an alternative route/arrangements will follow soon.

There will also be disruption to navigation during these works, so boaters are advised to plan extra time for their journey.

The stabilisation works consist of placing stone on the existing embankment, then to drive sheet piles down into the embankment to further strengthen it. The works involve heavy plant and the placing of a large amount of stone into a confined area, meaning the towpath will be closed throughout the duration of the works to ensure public safety.


These are crucial works to ensure the continued safe and operational delivery of the Caledonian Canal and are necessary to safeguard the canal and towpath for years to come.

This page will be updated as works progress.