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Caledonian Canal,Laggan Locks to Loch Oich

A Scheduled Monument in Caol and Mallaig, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.0363 / 57°2'10"N

Longitude: -4.8148 / 4°48'53"W

OS Eastings: 229292

OS Northings: 797429

OS Grid: NN292974

Mapcode National: GBR GBH3.TJ9

Mapcode Global: WH2G2.0DHS

Entry Name: Caledonian Canal,Laggan Locks to Loch Oich

Scheduled Date: 30 August 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6494

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: inland water

Location: Kilmonivaig

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Caol and Mallaig

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

Description

The monument comprises that stretch of inland waterway known as the Caledonian Canal running north-east from the Laggan Locks to Loch Oich.

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

The scheduled area excludes the plate girder swing bridge at Laggan, 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 certainly was then, and remains today, the largest single construction work in the Highlands.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

References:

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

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

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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