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Caledonian Canal stroll

Caledonian Canal stroll


Postby BlackPanther » Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:23 pm

Route description: Caledonian Canal and Dochgarroch Locks, Inverness

Date walked: 03/07/2011

Time taken: 2.5 hours

Distance: 13 km

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One day after visiting New Slains weather was great and my heart cried for a Munro walk. Sadly, we had an important meeting arranged in Inverness and there was no way to wriggle out of it :( Life's cruel sometimes.
Still, we had a few hours to spend so we walked along the Inverness part of Caledonian Canal - an easy route for beginners. When you look at the map you may be thinking this is a walk through the middle of the town, but nothing more misleading. We soon forgot we were in the city.

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We parked on one of the car parks near the Leisure Centre. We crossed the Whin Island park playground and followed the path along the banks of the Ness.
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The little pond on Whin Island was full of wildlife, mostly quacking ones :lol: :lol:
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River Ness looked interesting:
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Foxgloves at the bank of the river:
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After crossing a footbridge over a stream channel, the we joined the towpath of the Caledonian Canal, which runs between the canal on the right, and the river on the left. We followed the path for about 6 km all the way to the locks at Dochgarroch. It was hot and sunny - surprisingly for Scotland :D
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We had fun playing "Spot the boat":
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After a few kilometers we reached the Dochgarron locks. Even from the distance, we saw a long line of boats moored to the opposite side of the canal:
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Wish I had one of them...
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The canal was busy:
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View west from Dochgarron locks:
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A glimpse back:
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Another boat:
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The return route was along the other side of the canal - this one is a narrow path for more than half of the way. Views are still nice, though:
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We met the Jacobite Queen again:
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Summing up, a lovely, easy walk in great surrounding and if you happen to live in/near Inverness, a good way to spend a couple of hours in the town :lol: :lol:
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Re: Caledonian Canal stroll

Postby kevsbald » Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:49 pm

Who needs high level!
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