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Caledonian Canal,Dochgarroch Lock - Muirtown Locks

A Scheduled Monument in Aird and Loch Ness, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.4391 / 57°26'20"N

Longitude: -4.2719 / 4°16'18"W

OS Eastings: 263726

OS Northings: 841036

OS Grid: NH637410

Mapcode National: GBR H9T1.XM6

Mapcode Global: WH3FJ.C80X

Entry Name: Caledonian Canal,Dochgarroch Lock - Muirtown Locks

Scheduled Date: 30 August 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6499

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: inland water

Location: Inverness and Bona

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Aird and Loch Ness

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

Description

The monument comprises that stretch of inland waterway known as the Caledonian Canal running north-eastward from Dochgarroch Lock to the flight of locks at Muirtown, in Inverness.

The area proposed 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 road swing bridge at Tomnahurich and 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

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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