A short but splendid walk along part of the massive Caledonian Canal which runs from Fort William in the west of Scotland, to Inverness in the east. This walk starts at Fort Augustus, at the shores of Loch Ness, and goes through to the secluded locks at Kytra.
Andrew was joined on the walk by Stephen Wiseman, Heritage Officer of the Scottish Waterways Trust and Michelle Cumming, a volunteer with the Trust.
2½ miles (4km) - one way
|1 hour - one way|
Level of difficulty
|Well maintained tow path |
- flat, no stiles
Grid NH 37800 09200
|Off leads possible - open water at the side|
|Car parks in Fort Augustus|
- If you're arriving in Fort Augustus by car, then the best car park is at the VisitScotland Fort Augustus iCentre, across the bridge over the River Oich.
- If you are staying at The Lovat, simply walk along the A82 into Fort Augustus and take a left after crossing over the Calendonian Canal.
- The road which leaves the A82 and heads down along the canal is called Canal Side, and is lower than the level of the canal to the left.
- Walk up the steps on the left to see all the action along the locks which drop the canal down to the level of Loch Ness behind you.
- After the sixth lock gate, the canal tow path is on the same level as the canal - and from here you can get a great sense of the wildlife all around.
- The canal bends around to the left, and not far after, the River Oich meanders very close on the right hand side.
- The hill on the left of the canal is Torr a' Choiltreich - at 117 metres - followed by Creagan a' Chip - at the same height.
- All too soon, the lock keepers cottages at Kytra are upon you - the perfect spot for a picnic before returning back to Fort Augustus.
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