Flight of locks at Fort Augustus, Scotland

The image above shows a staircase of five  locks which link the Caledonian Canal with Loch Ness at Fort Augustus, about thirty four miles south of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.

The canal is  62 mile long waterway which was completed in 1822, principally as a job creation scheme, and runs from fort William to Inverness. It was built by famous  Scottish born engineer Thomas Telford (1757-1834) utilising the lochs (lakes) in the Great Glen natural fault and even today is hailed as a major engineering feat. The canal never reached its potential a commercial waterway but is now very popular with pleasure boats and allied activities, principally because of the stunning Highland scenery through which it runs.

Video clip of locks at Fort Augustus

Locks at Fort Augustus, Scotland

Boats entering Loch Ness at Fort Augustus, Scotland

Telford had a prodigious work output which included the Caledonian Canal plus numerous churches, bridges and an aqueduct. Examples of his work include:

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