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TITLE
Looking along the Caledonian Canal
EXTERNAL ID
AB_DOCHGARROCH_004
PLACENAME
Dochgarroch
DISTRICT
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
12 July 2005
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Clare Maclean
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
304
KEYWORDS
canals
lochs
waterways
glens
transport
Looking along the Caledonian Canal

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.

This photograph was taken looking down the canal away from Dochgarroch

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Looking along the Caledonian Canal

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

canals; lochs; waterways; glens; transport

Am Baile

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.<br /> <br /> This photograph was taken looking down the canal away from Dochgarroch