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The Caledonian Canal connecting Fort William to Inverness passes through Fort Augustus in a dramatic series of locks stepping down to Loch Ness, Scotland.

The Caledonian CanalThe Caledonian Canal Telford's plan, to connect Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy with each other and the sea, was a huge undertaking which brought civil engineering to the Highlands on a heroic scale. Deep in the Highlands, far from the canal network of England, engineers forged their way through the Great Glen to construct the biggest canal of its day: twenty-two miles of artificial cutting and no fewer than twenty-eight locks. A.D. (Sandy) Cameron's book has long been recognised as the authoritative work on the canal as well as a reliable and useful guide to the surrounding area. There are intriguing old plans, not discovered until 1992, and a survey of the dramatic rise in pleasure-craft traffic during the last two decades. But the highlight of the recent past was undoubtedly the Tall Ships passing through the canal in stately procession in 1991. Impossible, then, not to feel the fascination of this beautiful waterway: a working piece of industrial history and a remarkable engineering achievement. This book is a fitting celebration of this remarkable feat of engineering.

Tourist map of the Caledonian Canal featuring the waterway corridor at 1:50,000 showing facilities available to the boat user with details of boatyards, boat hire and boat trip operators. Includes details on the Great Glen Mountain Bike Trail and forest walks. Illustrated guide to canal features of interest. Coverage from Fort William to Fort Augustus. Detailed plan of Fort William at 1:15,000 and an introduction to the canal’s history. Coverage from Fort Augustus through Loch Ness to Inverness. Detailed plans of Fort Augustus and Inverness at 1:15,000 showing streets, shopping areas, waterway facilities and places of interest. Diagrammatic section along the canal and an introduction to Great Glen Forest Walks. Caledonian Canal and the Great Glen (Inland Waterways of Britain).

 

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