Like most organisations across the world Covid-19 is having a big impact on our business. To allow us to open for the season and operate safely we have had to think outside the box and change how we do things.
This means that for loyal customers who have visited us in the past there are quite a few changes that you need to be aware of, for new customers visiting us for this first time we would like to extend a warm welcome to you and to let you know what to expect during your visit.
- Locks and bridges will be manned by mobile teams who will move between sections of the canal to let boats through, this is likely to mean it will take longer to move through the canal, to account for this we would encourage you to add a day or two onto your transit.
- The need to maintain a safe social distance between boaters, lock keepers and the public means that we will be able to fit fewer boats into each lock chamber. This means you may be asked to wait if the lock chamber has reached its safe capacity.
- To ensure that we can operate the canal safely, in line with Covid-19 public health guidance, we require all boaters to be responsible for their own lines at every lock – either from the boat at single locks or from ashore at lock flights. We would recommend you have ropes, at least 12 metres in length ready at all times.
- All vessels should have sufficient competent crew aboard the boat at all times when on transit through the canal. We will not be able to accommodate transit for boats with insufficient crew.
- All facilities blocks will operate on a one in and one out basis please respect your fellow boaters and follow this
- Crew disembark at the jetty approaching lock 5 to operate lock gates
Crinan Canal – Sea locks and bridges will be operated by Scottish Canals staff, all other structures will be self-service, for crews of one a private pilot will be required you can find contacts for private pilots here. Please note crew should disembark at the jetty approaching lock 5 to operate lock gates
Caledonian Canal – All locks and bridges will be operated by Scottish Canals. Please note we will be operating Fort Augustus in the morning only, therefore please ensure you arrive the previous evening in preparation for the locking which will occur the following morning.
Dochgarroch, Tomahurich Bridge, Laggan Bridge, Laggan Locks and Gairlochy Locks will usually have team members stationed there. On arrival and in the absence of a lock / bridge keeper then please check to see if there is a telephone number to call on the door of the operation booth.