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Caledonian Canal,Loch Ness - Dochgarroch Lock

A Scheduled Monument in Aird and Loch Ness, Highland

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Latitude: 57.4254 / 57°25'31"N

Longitude: -4.3132 / 4°18'47"W

OS Eastings: 261193

OS Northings: 839592

OS Grid: NH611395

Mapcode National: GBR H9Q3.30L

Mapcode Global: WH3FH.QM8G

Entry Name: Caledonian Canal,Loch Ness - Dochgarroch Lock

Scheduled Date: 30 August 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6498

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: inland water

Location: Inverness and Bona

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Aird and Loch Ness

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument comprises that stretch of inland waterway known as the Caledonian Canal running north-eastward from Loch Ness as far as Dochgarroch Lock.

The area proposed to be scheduled includes all the canal in water and the strip of ground extending up to 20 m from the water on either side and containing the towpaths and embankments and any associated capstans, bollards, mooring hooks, mile posts, weirs and overflows, including the weir dividing Loch Dochfour from the River Ness.

The scheduled area excludes Loch Dochfour itself, the surface of the A82(T) road running along part of the W side of Lochfour, all modern moorings, pontoons, slipways, walls and fences, power cables, lampposts and other street furniture. The scheduled area is marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a major component of the Caledonian Canal, built between 1803 and 1822. The canal was designed by the famous Scottish civil engineer Thomas Telford and financed directly by the Government. At the opening ceremony it was described as 'one of the most stupendous undertakings of that nature which Europe had seen'; it was certainly then, and remains today, the single largest construction work in the Highlands.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland




Cameron, A. D. (1994) The Caledonian Canal.

Lindsay, J. (1968) The Canals of Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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