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    The Caledonian Canal in Scotland connects the Scottish east coast at Inverness with the west coast at Corpach near Fort William.

    It runs some 100 kilometres (62 miles) in a North-east to South-west direction. Only one third of the entire length is man-made, the rest being formed by Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich, and Loch Lochy. These lochs are part of the Great Glen, a geological fault in the Earth's crust. There are 29 locks (including eight at Neptune's Staircase), four aqueducts and 10 bridges in the course of the canal.

    The canal was designed by engineer Thomas Telford ably supported by William Jessop and built between 1803 and 1822 at a cost of 840,000, but was never a great commercial success. As the canal was originally built too shallow and suffered from poor construction in places, most traffic still used the sea route. It was not deepened until 1847 (work designed by Telford's close associate, James Walker) by which time most ships were too large, and Inverness was soon connected to the Lowlands by rail. The canal is now mainly used by pleasure craft. It is maintained and run by British Waterways, a governmental organisation.

    The canal has several names in Scottish Gaelic including, "Amar-Uisge/Selaid a' Ghlinne Mhir" (Waterway of the Great Glen) and a literal translation "Sligh'-Uisge na h-Alba"

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    Here's a link to the new canoeing guide leaflet for the canal from British Waterways.

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    And here is a linky to the SCA canoe trail guide to the canal...
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    my wife and I are going to do it in may

    got this link of internet

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    Default Tell the coastguard if you're paddling the Great Glen

    Interesting stuff, very interesting to read.

    Just for your information, given the size and potential for getting into bother on the likes of Loch Lochy and the massive Loch Ness, British Waterways are requesting that paddlers let the local Coastguard know if they intend to paddle there.

    If you are planning to head for the Great Glen you can use this link to find out more info about the Coastguard. You should also get a British Waterway's licence which you can get online here.

    Happy (and safe) paddling.

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    Last year we used Boots n Paddles for our shuttle run, they were brilliant. They collected us of the side of Loch Ness when we had to bail out due to very high winds and swells.

    They took us and all of our boats and gear on the shuttle and were very accommodating.

    No connection to them but they were brill.

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    What is the recommended time to do the Caley Canal in.

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    First time I did it we were two to a boat and it took three and a half days but we could have finished it in three.
    Day 1 - Banavie - Ceann Loch
    Day 2 - Ceann Loch to the inlet by Invermoriston (wild camp)
    Day 3 - Invermoriston - Dores (wild camp)
    Day 4 - Dores - Dochgarroch

    The second time we did it solo and we allowed five days:
    Day 1 - Banavie - Gairlochy
    Day 2 - Gairlochy - Ceann Loch
    Day 3 - Ceann Loch - Fort Augustus
    Day 4 - Fort Augustus - Urqhart Bay (wild camp)
    Day 5 - Urqhart Bay - Lochend (premature stop due to weather, we could have easily made it to Dochgarroch if the weather was better)

    We were in open boats, fully laden with camping gear.

    Hope this helps.

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    Post New Scheduled Great Glen Canoe Trail shuttle service

    New regular scheduled shuttle on the Great Glen Canoe Trail: this might be of interest to individual paddlers or small groups planning to paddle the Great Glen and are in need of help with shuttles. A regular Monday morning shuttle from Inverness to Fort William from May to September for 40 per head. Hope it proves useful to some of you.

    Info about the Great Glen shuttle service
    Canoe Hire Scotland website: Link to the website

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    Some friends and I are doing the Great Glen Trail in June. Has anyone got any tips or useful knowledge that they are will to share...?

    Many thanks in advance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ems View Post
    Some friends and I are doing the Great Glen Trail in June. Has anyone got any tips or useful knowledge that they are will to share...?

    Many thanks in advance.

    Hi

    I'm doing it again in June. When are you setting off ?

    Andy

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    Hi Andy

    We plan to do our first day paddle on the 31st of May... Very excited.

    Ems

    Quote Originally Posted by andibs View Post
    Hi

    I'm doing it again in June. When are you setting off ?

    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ems View Post
    Hi Andy

    We plan to do our first day paddle on the 31st of May... Very excited.

    Ems
    We aren't setting off till the end of the month, so have a good one !!!

    What sort of info were you after and I'll help if I can.

    Andy

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    More photos and stories from the same canal system (though I didn't paddle coast to coast): Scotland; wet, windy, cold, and beautiful!

    Even in the wet of Autumn I enjoyed it.

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