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TITLE
Canal locks at Fort Augustus
EXTERNAL ID
PC_TAYLOR_GLENURQUHART_1
PLACENAME
Fort Augustus
DISTRICT
Aird
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Boleskine and Abertarff
DATE OF IMAGE
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Andrew Taylor
SOURCE
Andrew Taylor
ASSET ID
30073
KEYWORDS
canals
lochs
waterways
glens
transport
Canal locks at Fort Augustus

This photograph shows vessels passing through the canal locks at Fort Augustus.

The Caledonian Canal runs for 60 miles between Inverness and Corpach near Fort William. It was designed so that ships did not have to make the dangerous journey round the north of Scotland through the Pentland Firth. Thirty eight miles of the length is through Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy and the other twenty two miles is canal cuttings. There are also twenty nine locks in the canal.

The original survey was done in the 1770s by James Watt but the canal was finally started in 1803 to plans by Thomas Telford. The work was originally scheduled to take 7 years and cost £350,000 but the work actually took 17 years and cost £840,000. When it was opened it was only a depth of 14 feet instead of 20 so additional work was done between 1844 and 1847 to increase the depth.

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Canal locks at Fort Augustus

INVERNESS: Boleskine and Abertarff

2000s

canals; lochs; waterways; glens; transport

Andrew Taylor

This photograph shows vessels passing through the canal locks at Fort Augustus. <br /> <br /> The Caledonian Canal runs for 60 miles between Inverness and Corpach near Fort William. It was designed so that ships did not have to make the dangerous journey round the north of Scotland through the Pentland Firth. Thirty eight miles of the length is through Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy and the other twenty two miles is canal cuttings. There are also twenty nine locks in the canal.<br /> <br /> The original survey was done in the 1770s by James Watt but the canal was finally started in 1803 to plans by Thomas Telford. The work was originally scheduled to take 7 years and cost £350,000 but the work actually took 17 years and cost £840,000. When it was opened it was only a depth of 14 feet instead of 20 so additional work was done between 1844 and 1847 to increase the depth.