on Loch Lochy, in the Great Glen
Canal Basin with Ben Nevis
visit here at Corpach
Great Glen Water Park
at Loch Oich, Caledonian Canal
Wintering at Neptunes Staircase
on the Caledonian Canal
Summer cruise ship
in the Canal at Banavie
Lock Gates at Corpach
on the Caledonian Canal
Canal pontoons at Banavie
often picturesque on summer evenings
West Highland Line train
crosses the Canal at Banavie
The Canal path at Banvie
part of the Great Glen Way
Assorted boats at Corpach
in the Canal Basin
A Canal lock gate
handy for crossing the Canal
A tall ship in the Canal at Corpach
often large vessels travel north through the canal
Aonach Mor from the Canal
a great local walk
on the Canal embankment
The railway and Ben Nevis
from the Caledonina Canal
Tidied up at Banavie
handy for the Lochy Bar & Restaurant
Canal Bank walk to Corpach
local Fort William walk
The Canal at Gairlochy
in the Great Glen
in the Canal locks at Banaview
Looking down Neptunes Staircase
with Loch Linnhe in the distance
The Caledonian Canal
The Caledonian Canal is a major feature and attraction in the landscape of the Fort William area and of course, the Great Glen. A natural geological fault line stretching from Fort William in the south west to Inverness in the north east, it was designed and constructed by Thomas Telford and opened to shipping in 1822. Today the Caledonian Canal is owned and operated by British Waterways.
At Fort William, the southern end of the Great Glen, the Caledonian Canal allows vessels to enter from Loch Linnhe and the Atlantic Ocean, and make passage through the Great Glen by canal lock systems and natural fresh water lochs, including Loch Ness, to Inverness and the North Sea.
Between Corpach, Banavie, Gairlochy, Loch Lochy and Loch Oich, the canal provides an opportunity to explore its lock gates and banks. The Canal towpath also forms part of the Great Glen Way a walking or cycle route. Watching commercial shipping and pleasure craft navigate the lock gates at Corpach Basin, Neptune's Staircase at Banavie and Gairlochy near Spean Bridge makes for an interesting day out in Lochaber.
All along the Canal route you can enjoy wonderful views of Ben Nevis and the Grey Corries, spot birds and wildlife and generally enjoy the peaceful nature of the Canal Way. If you would like to stay in a place near the canal, but still only a short drive to Fort William, this page lists accommodation businesses in our Lochaber Directory who are within walking distance of the canal.
There is a cycle route along one of the Canal banks and the Great Glen Way takes walkers along the Canalside for the first section of the journey through the Great Glen.
One local holiday operator - Caledonian Discovery, operate the vessel "Fingal" which will take you on a week's cruise either up to Inverness, or down to Fort William. They also provide walking, cycling and watersports along the way.
Local businesses from the Lochaber Directory, and who are based or located near the Canal are shown below for your convenience and interest.
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