Perhaps one of the greatest canals in the world the Caledonian runs for 60 miles through the Great Glen and incorporates four lochs, Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, Loch Dochfour and the most well known Loch Ness. Constructed in the nineteenth Century by Thomas Telford it served a vital role in transporting goods around the Highlands. Today visitors to the canal can enjoy a whole host of activities on and around its banks.
You can hire a cruiser or yacht for the day and take to any number of the lochs or why not paddle your way down stream in one of the canoes which can be hired from a number of locations. Fishing is also a popular activity on the canal with great fishing venues at all the Lochs and excellent salmon and sea trout fishing. The wildlife along the canal is second to none. Look out for roe deer, owls, weasels and herons in the Merkinch Local Nature Reserve which lies beside the canal. There are countless other locations along the canal which are home to other types of wildlife including buzzards, red deer, woodpeckers, osprey, butterflies and an array of different tree species. The area is also excellent for walking and cycling with easy access to Ben Nevis, Scotland's finest mountain.