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TITLE
Canal locks at Fort Augustus
EXTERNAL ID
HC_MISC_IMAGES_026
PLACENAME
Fort Augustus
DISTRICT
Aird
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Boleskine and Abertarff
PERIOD
1990s
SOURCE
The Highland Council
ASSET ID
13562
KEYWORDS
lock
canals
Canal locks at Fort Augustus

The locks at Fort Augustus form part of the Caledonian Canal which connects Corpach, near Fort William, to Clachnaharry, Inverness. A flight of five locks runs through Fort Augustus where the canal drops down to join Loch Ness.

The Caledonian Canal is approximately 60 miles long. It was built wide enough in places to accommodate Royal Navy gun frigates during the Napoleonic Wars. Ships were able to avoid the stormy Pentland Firth and the French fleet. Much of the canal's length is taken up with existing lochs - Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy. There are 29 locks in the canal including 'Neptune's Staircase', a series of 8 locks at Banavie. Designs for the canal were prepared as early as 1773 by James Watt but work was not begun until 1803, by which time the designers were Jessop and Telford. Partially opened in 1822, the canal was finally completed in 1843-47.

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Canal locks at Fort Augustus

INVERNESS: Boleskine and Abertarff

1990s

lock; canals

The Highland Council

The locks at Fort Augustus form part of the Caledonian Canal which connects Corpach, near Fort William, to Clachnaharry, Inverness. A flight of five locks runs through Fort Augustus where the canal drops down to join Loch Ness.<br /> <br /> The Caledonian Canal is approximately 60 miles long. It was built wide enough in places to accommodate Royal Navy gun frigates during the Napoleonic Wars. Ships were able to avoid the stormy Pentland Firth and the French fleet. Much of the canal's length is taken up with existing lochs - Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy. There are 29 locks in the canal including 'Neptune's Staircase', a series of 8 locks at Banavie. Designs for the canal were prepared as early as 1773 by James Watt but work was not begun until 1803, by which time the designers were Jessop and Telford. Partially opened in 1822, the canal was finally completed in 1843-47.