The Caledonian Canal


The author traces the story of the Caledonian Canal from Thomas Telford’s first survey in 1801 into the Twenty First Century. The building of the canal is one of the heroic stories from the age of canal building. It was an enormous undertaking that cut across the rugged Scottish terrain from the West Coast to the North East. It was the biggest canal of its day with twenty two miles of artificial cutting and twenty eight locks. It was as great an undertaking as the canals of Suez and Panama. From Loch Linnhe, it is 62 miles, 99 km, to Inverness, via Loch Lochy and Loch Ness. The author explains why the canal was built and provides a full history with an outstanding selection of illustrations, including many that readers will have seen nowhere else. After the First World War, proposals to widen the canal were rejected

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