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“A pleasant walk”
Review of Caledonian Canal

Caledonian Canal
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The Complete Loch Ness Experience Day Tour from Inverness
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

The Caledonian Canal runs 60 miles from the east coast to the west coast of Scotland. I am only writing about the section between Loch Ness to the Moray Firth in Inverness. To be more precise, I am going to describe a walk along the River Ness and the Caledonian Canal. This is a 22 km walk along the River Ness starting in the centre of the town, down to the canal, along the canal tow path to Loch Ness, then back again along the canal to the set of lochs leading to the Moray Frith in Inverness then back into the centre of town. It is a lovely walk and not at all strenuous as there is next to no ascent/decent. It takes around five hours. There is a shorter circuit of 11km if you do not have five hours to spare.
If you start at the city centre bridge, follow the River Ness, cross over the small bridge into Ness Park. The park has many impressive mature trees. We saw a treecreeper there and a water rail. We saw three dippers on the river and two goosander. Walk through the park to the Canal. You can then walk along the canal. The river runs parallel. There is no need to worry about navigation. You can’t get lost. The canal is beautiful. It is quiet and peaceful. A boat will occasionally pass by on the canal. To the left the river is shallow, wide and fast running. The views are terrific. The path on the map finishes at Dochgarroch Lock where boats enter Loch Ness but there is a path which continues a short distance to the confluence of the loch, river and the canal. From here you will have to retrace your steps back to the lock. From here to go back the same way to Canal Park. Here, instead of turning right along the original route, you turn left carry on alongside the canal to the set of locks that lead down to the seaport marina. When it was built the series of locks were demonstrated to Queen Victoria. Unfortunately to get from the bottom lock to the top lock takes a long time and she was famously ‘not amused’. From the bottom of the stairs of locks you can follow a path which takes you to South Kessock Pier where the River Ness meets the Moray Firth. There is usually a lot of bird life to watch on the sands. If you are lucky you might even see a seal. At Kessock Pier you just follow the river back into town. It is a great way to spend a few hours.

Thank Peter C
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

54-pax in total made this a very special cruise, with the ship an ideal size for such a journey. The scenery is magnificent, while the staff on board were amazing. We plan on re-doing this cruise but next time will book far enough in advance so we can be sure to get the only and only cabin with a double bed.

2  Thank Ranipuss
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

We were lucky enough to be staying at the old lock keepers cottage. It is great to wander up and down the canal and cross at the locks.

Take your camera and there are some real great pictures to be had. We visited in November and there were very few people around, especially in the evenings when tour buses had all gone home.

I would say that if you are about on a cold winters evening do be careful as it can be icy and slippy!

Beautiful!

Thank Dsunshineseeker
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

This is a lovely spot to walk along thepretty path, watching the boats going through the locks and having a cup of tea in the tea rooms.
A good spot for walkers and photographers alike.

1  Thank Toopaz
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

We stopped here for an hour on route to Fort William and Spean Bridge. This is a really good insight into the waterways of the Scottish Highlands. The planning that went into this, is awesome. The area is very quiet and picturesque, we weren't fortunate to see the Locks in action, however, you can walk or cycle alongside the canal for miles. Well looked after, with places to stop for a cuppa and a little cafe here and there along the way. Worth a look. On a fine day you can walk or cycle for hours,

1  Thank Margaret M
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