Monday, 31 August 2009

Caledonian Canal

We locked into the sealock of the Caledonian Canal at 12.45 on Friday. Murray and Sheena were there to see us safely in despite the drizzle. The first Lock Keeper (Dave) was very helpful and we paid up for an 8 day permit (£220) which is the shortest permit available. We waited there for the road bridge to open and then set off, unaccompanied, through the half dozen locks that lead to Loch Ness. Dave had phoned ahead to warn his fellow keepers that we were on our way and we made good progress. All went well and we docked at Fort Augustus at 7pm.

The whole trip was quite damp and the hills around Loch Ness were swathed in cloud. We dried out with a meal in the Lock Inn.