The Caledonian Canal is one of the Highlands most popular visitor attractions with over 1,400 boats transiting the canal each year.
Maintenance of the lock gates is vital to maintain the navigation of this historic waterway and any failure during operation could lead serious health and safety implications. We have a variety of steel construction and timber construction gates along the network, many of which are now past the design life.
Scottish Canals have a prioritised asset management programme for all lock gates in Scotland, based on condition and risk. Kytra Lock has been identified as priority for gate replacement due to condition, age and criticality.
Design works for the replacement gates have been to maximise the ability to adjust the fitting of the gates and also reduce the maintenance burden on the gates. The gates and walkways have been fabricated and we are now working on a project to install them.
Update 15th January 2019
Works have begun to install two pairs of lock gates at Kytra. The water levels have been dropped between Cullochy Lock to the bottom of Fort Augustus Lock Flight and works are in progress to install localised dams and maintain the low water level. Fish are being safely moved to watered sections of the canal. The towpath is currently closed to all users whilst these work are being undertaken.
Update 12th December 2018
Following detailed inspections of the lock gates, we are now looking to install two pairs of lock gates at Kytra. Works are scheduled to begin on 14th January and last until 25th March 2019. Towpath use may be restricted during this time however our contractor will manage safe access during these works. The canal will be partially drained down between Cullochy Lock and Fort Augustus to allow these works to take place safely, however by undertaking these works during the winter closure, we hope to minimise disruption to boating traffic.
Update 23rd November 2018
Transport Scotland have announced an additional £5.35 million of capital funding to undertake a number of projects across the network, including the replacement of the lock gates at Kytra.