The Caledonian Canal and Operation CC (Laggan Locks to Fort William)

The passage over Easter was:

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

Three days sailing through the Caledonian Canal

Day 3 Laggan Locks to Fort William

Loch Lochy was beautiful. We soon got the sails up and although progress was
 slow we had a lovely sail the length of the Loch

Mountains run either side making a spectacular backdrop. Scotland is far bleaker than even Arctic Norway and feels
more forbidding

A clear view of Ben Nevis

The approach to Gairlochy

By now we are getting pretty good at the lock thing

The short stretch of canal between Loch Lochy and Neptunes Staircase was easy going

We arrived at about 1615 in the afternoon at Fort William. Unfortunately we were told it was too late to travel
down through Neptunes Staircase. This was the only disappointing part of the trip where it did feel like the
 Canal Staff were being a little 'jobsworth'. However, the fickle finger of fate kicked in and it transpired that
we had a better berth on the upside of the canal and caught up the time next day with a more
favourable tide anyway


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