Couple in a boat on a lake

Caledonian Canal

All day | 18th May 2020 - 22nd May 2020


A stunning, picturesque trip along the Calendonian Canal from Fort William to Inverness, spread across five days. If you have never been then this is your opportunity to experience it in 2020; stunning scenery, breath-taking views and good company.

Based at the Great Glen Water Park, the accommodation in the chalets is basic but comfortable; there is a bar and restaurant on-site that normally provides evening meals and breakfast but you can self-cater if you prefer. Breakfast hasn’t always been available but we can buy hot ‘Breakfast Rolls’ locally. Each chalet usually runs a ‘kitty’ to cover the costs of tea and coffee etc.

If you are interested please contact David Knight as soon as possible; David has provisionally booked two chalets so we have room for 12 people and deposits have to be paid in advance – we cannot accept any late entries.

Clothing: If the sun is not shining Scotland can be cold and wet so warm waterproof clothing is essential. 


Monday – Meet in Luss Car Park at 9.00am; drive to Fort William and meet up West End Carpark, Achintore Road, by 12.00 noon. Skippers drive to Canal Office to collect Navigation Licences**, crew explore Fort William. Reconvene 1.00pm in car park and find suitable café for lunch. 2.00pm drive to Great Glen Water Park (GGWP); check in and launch boats. Dinner in restaurant.

Tuesday – 9.30am commence cruise southwest through Loch Lochy and Gairlochy to Neptune’s Staircase at Corpach, Fort William for pub lunch. 2.00pm start return journey back to GGWP

Wednesday – 9.30am commence cruise through Loch Oich to Fort Augustus for pub lunch. 2.00pm proceed through locks and onto Loch Ness to overnight stop at Caley Marina, Inverness. Taxi transportation to Premier Inn. Dinner al local restaurant. 

Over-night bag required. Refuel boats as necessary

Thursday – 9.00am taxi transportation back to Caley Marina. 10.00am commence cruise back through Loch Ness to Fort Augustus for pub lunch. 2.00pm proceed through locks and commence cruise back through Loch Oich to GGWP. Recover boats as necessary. Dinner in restaurant.

Friday – 9.30am Settle up at GGWP reception and start journey south to Loch Lomond or home.


If you are wanting to attend this event then please register your interest early as numbers are limited and we cannot accept late entries. For more details please contact the event organiser David Knight.

Event Classification

CHALLENGING - An event normally held at sea, where tides, strong tidal flow/currents and rough water may be experienced. In the event of an emergency/breakdown assistance WILL be required – either emergency services or CMBA colleagues, as severe damage/injury may occur.

NOT SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS or inexperienced family members. RYA level 2 powerboat certification is strongly recommended. Confidence in your boat/engine(s) reliability is essential. Not suitable for untried boats/engines.



  • Great Glen Water Park
  • Spean Bridge
  • South Laggan
  • Highlands and Islands
  • PH34 4EA
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