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.

Pleasure boats passing through Fort Augustus locks.

The canal is a 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 as 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.

Boats entering Loch Ness from Fort Augustus locks.

Tourists watching boats entering Fort Augustus locks from Loch Ness.

 Video clip of boat entering Fort Augustus locks.

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