Great Glen, Caledonian Canal

Great Glen, Caledonian Canal

Glenmore or Glen of Albyn or Glen Mor nan Albyn or just the Great Glen; whatever you chose to call it, is the result of a geological fault 420 million years ago which split the country in two. It contains Loch Ness, Oich, and Lochy, and Thomas Telford’s Caledonian Canal which links them. Up to 1400 men at a time worked on the Canal, earning one and six pence a day over a period of many years. It opened in 1822 but proved too shallow.

 

Work dragged on, and it was not ready for business again until 1847. Twenty-two miles of canal created a 60-mile waterway which, although never much of a success commercially, is still appreciated by amateur sailors. General Wade’s rode slips by unnoticed here beside the (almost) parallel lines of canal and River Lochy. By Gairlochy, where Loch Lochy meets River Lochy is Loch Lochy Lock. Try saying that after a dram of Dufftown Malt.

 

Great Glen is worth a visit on your Scotland tours, contact us now at Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours to organise your visit.