A Highland Waterway……….


Loch Lochy, The Great Glen, Lochaber, Scotland

More than just a Highland Loch, Loch Lochy is one of several Lochs that have been linked to form the Caledonian Canal.  Stretching  for over 60miles from Corpach, just outside Fort William on the west coast, it heads north east to Inverness on the East Coast.  Constructed in the days when the Scottish Fishing Industry  was at its peak and shipping a key means of transportation. It opened in 1822 ,thus saving days of sailing round the coast, to cross Scotland.   We say ‘constructed’ but less than a third of the canal is man made. Thomas Telford skilfully linked the  Lochs, that  lie along the natural geological feature of the Great Glen, into one waterways link.  Grand scenery and a grand feat of vision and construction.

Today a major contributor to the Tourist Industry…

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30th July

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11 thoughts on “A Highland Waterway……….

    1. I will not mention that a major trunk road also follows the Great Glen….. even so the scenery is rather grand and soon you come to the famous Loch Ness and sadly no monster 🙂


          1. She’s smart, that Nessie! She has experienced what might happen if she raises her head above the surface during daytime!
            But in the dark of night mysterious waves may suddenly occur . . . 🙂
            And the tourist trade will back me up, David!


  1. When I see “Loch Lochy,” some part of my impish brain wants to say, “Oh, that’s like calling a body of water “Lakey Lake” or “Rivery River.” Can you please help me to get rid of this notion; i.e., what does “Lochy” really mean?


    1. The Gaelic Scottish name is Lochaidh but over time the English version is Lochy. Now as to what it means you maybe need a Gaelic speaker to translate. As for your suggestions if we follow the Scottish order we should perhaps have Lake Lakey, or River Rivery 🙂 I imagine that aidh as a word has a meaning and needs further investigation. But being English no doubt Scottish followers may have a different viewpoint .


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