Visit Fort William, Glen Nevis and Ben Nevis in the Outdoor Capital of the UK

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.

You may be interested in...


  • Old Harbour Master's Self Catering Apartment
    Upper Braeside, Fassifern Road, Fort William, PH33 6QX
    da5w1129.jpg

    Conveniently located in Fort William town centre, with great views overlooking Loch Linnhe, this large self catering apartment in Fort William can accommodate up to 8 people. All amenities are provided and included in the price. There is plenty of parking and the local shops, pubs and restaurants are minutes away. Take...

  • Tigh na Drochaid Self Catering
    Glen Nevis, Fort William, PH33 6PF
    da5w1697.jpg

    We are now offering autumn and winter short self catering breaks. This modern, semi-detached apartment is located near the foot of Ben Nevis and at the entrance to Glen Nevis in the heart of Britain's outdoor capital. Attached to the owners' property it is within walking distance of Fort William's town...

  • Great Glen Yurts - unique accommodation
    Torlundy Farm, Tomacharich, Fort William, PH33 6SP
    yurt_trees.jpg

    Great Glen Yurts is an eco yurt camp in a woodland riverside setting at the foot of Ben Nevis. Our hand painted authentic Mongolian yurts are set on a beautiful organic farm in the highlands of Scotland. Each yurt has unbelievably sensational views of the North Face of Ben Nevis and...

  • Torlinnhe Guest House
    Achintore Road, Fort William, PH33 6RW
    125_2506.jpg

    Andy and Sue Keen would be delighted to welcome you to Torlinnhe, for an exceptional bed and breakfast experience. Our guests’ comfort and enjoyment is our top priority! Right from the moment you call us to enquire you will find us friendly and welcoming. On arrival, relax a while after your...

  • Ben View Lodges
    Alveston, Lochyside, Fort William, PH33
    Ben View Lodges

    Welcome to Ben View Lodges. Our superbly appointed 4-star lodges will appeal to people who want high-quality home comforts while enjoying the spectacular scenery of the West Highlands.Whether you are seeking outdoor pursuits such as climbing, hill walking, ski-ing, mountain biking, fishing or sailing, or just want to relax away from...

  • Buccleuch Guest House
    Buccleuch Guest House, Achintore Road, Fort William, PH33 6RQ
    0004.jpg

    With fine views over Loch Linnhe and the hills of Ardgour, Buccleuch B & B (pronounced 'Buckloo') provides a great place to stay while visiting Fort William and touring the West Coast of scotland. Our spacious, Victorian (circa 1878), stone-built home has seven ensuite bedrooms. Breakfast is served in our airy...

  • Corpach Apartments
    Colquhoune Brae, Corpach, Fort William, PH33 7JJ
    homework_002.jpg

    A great self catering holiday place in Fort William for a small family or couple. Corpach Apartments is a warm, comfortable apartment consist of three well furnished and equipped flats (named Meldrum, Morrison and Kinloch) within one block. They are situated in Corpach, a village about 4 miles from Fort William,...

  • The Old Store - Holiday Cottage, Onich near Glencoe
    The Old Store, by Fort William, PH33 6SD
    Double

    Situated on the edge of the pretty village of Onich, this cosy, comfortable, semi-detached holiday cottage has been nicely furnished. Set along the A82, it makes a perfect base for touring this beautiful part of the Highlands. Glencoe, Fort William ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, Loch Ness and Inverness all within...

Create a new search below or  search for more like this


Search the Visit Fort William Directory