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Updated 06/10/2020

 


Caledonian Canal
 

The Caledonian Canal connects the Scottish east coast at Inverness with the west coast at Corpach near Fort William in Scotland.  The canal runs some 60 miles from northeast to southwest and reaches 106 feet above sea level. Only one third of the entire length is man-made, the rest being formed by Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich, and Loch Lochy. These lochs are located in the Great Glen, on a geological fault in the Earth's crust. There are 29 locks (including eight at Neptune's Staircase shown above), four aqueducts and 10 bridges in the course of the canal.

The canal was constructed in the early nineteenth century by Scottish engineer Thomas Telford.