Day 1 Clachnaharry Sea Lock to anchorage at Invermoriston
Day 2 Invermoriston to Laggan Locks
Day 3 Laggan Locks to Fort William
Day 4 Fort William to Oban
No expedition would be complete without an operational codename. After a quick huddle the collective Thembi and Brimble Teams arrived at Operation CC which rather cleverly stands for Operation .. Caledonian Canal. Oh Yeah.
|Looking backwards out of Clachnaharry Lock onto the Beauly Firth|
|After the Sea Lock came the first two lift locks starting the 106ft journey upwards to Loch Lochy|
|Taking the concept of shrink wrapping to the ultimate extreme|
although you think they might have taken the foresails off?
|We celebrated our successful entrance into fresh water|
in the obvious waywith a few rounds of sausage
sandwiches. Lincolnshire sausages I imagine.
|A short stretch of canal took us past the excellent Caley Marina|
|One of four locks in the Muirtown Flight. This photo shows the arrangement that we adopted for the whole trip|
through with Brim sitting next to Thembi. For the flights, two people then walk the boats (still connected) from
lock to lock.
|The lads were pleased to get out in the fresh air, Chirpy Chick (left and waving) struck up a close bond|
with young Hamish.
|We soon entered the canal proper where excess water weirs out into the River Ness that then runs through|
Inverness. It's a strange feeling and a little unnerving.
|As soon as we entered Loch Ness we were able to put the sails up. Thembi looks great here.|
|Urquhart Castle on the edge of the Loch has a long and bloody history dating back to the 13th Century. Looks a bit drafty by modern standards?|
|It was March so we had little expectation for good weather. But it was often bright and felt good to be outside |
even if we never quite got temperatures up to double figures
|Many views were spectacular although Loch Lochy and Loch Oich proved even more beautiful|
|Rain squalls were visible well before they struck as we were sailing through the Loch|
|Thembi anchoring for the evening in Invermoriston.|
|Thembi anchored and we snuggled up alongside. Dinner and a few beers followed. The end to a perfect day.|