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Posted by: HITS Highland Motorhomes Mar 18, 2015

Caledonian Canal

The Caledonian Canal is one of the greatest waterways of the world and connects the Scottish east coast at Inverness with the west coast near Fort William. It was built in the early 19th century and is a sister of the Göta Canal in Sweden. The canal runs 60 miles, 1/3 of the entire length is man-made, the rest was formed by Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy. There are 29 locks (including eight at Neptune's Staircase, Banavie), four aqueducts and 10 bridges in the along the canal.

Caledonian Canal Motorhome Hire InvernessThe Caledonian canal towpath is a brilliant place to walk or cycle, and is suitable for all ages. There are also many forest walks around the canal. There are also a number of boat tours that will take you down to Loch Ness. Jacobite and Caley Cruisers offer a number of tours.

There’s plenty of parking for your motorhome hire in Inverness. Drive towards Inverness Leisure centre and drive past the floral hall. Ahead of you you’ll find plenty of parking spaces big enough for our motorhomes.

Why not cycle the Caledonian canal towpath?

All our motorhome and campervan hire includes bike racks and you can easily hire a bike from Ticket To Ride Highlands, Monster Bikes, Inverness Bike Hire and Alpine Bikes.

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting in September you’ll find an abundance of brambles (blackberries) along the towpath.

Bramble Jam Recipe

1 lb Brambles
1 lb sugar
Juice of 1 lemon

Wash the brambles and place in a heavy-based saucepan with 6 fl oz water. Gently stew with the lid on for 20-25 minutes.

Mash them to a pulp and squeeze as much juice out of them as possible. Add the sugar and lemon juice to the pan and dissolve the sugar over a low heat for 10-15 minutes.

Turn the heat right up and boil rapidly for 8 minutes, stirring to prevent sticking.

Strain the bramble mixture through a sieve lined with gauze as quickly as possible. Use a wooden spoon to squeeze the remaining pulp as much as possible. Pour into sterilised jars. (If the jam has started to set just reheat gently.)

Will last approximately 1 month.

Dochgarroch

The first lock on the Caledonian Canal is at Dochgarroch, it’s a very pretty village with the lovely Oakwood Restaurant on the main road. They serve lunches and dinner and in the afternoon they do take-away teas and coffees and sell a number of soft drinks, sweets and ice-creams. Vegetarian, vegans and people following a gluten free diet are very well served.

In the warmer months you can also buy small gifts from one of the houses next to the Lock office.

Dochgarroch is also one of the departure points for Jackobite cruises.

The Great Glen Way

The Great Glen Way is one of four official long distance routes in Scotland. The 73 mile route takes you across Scotland from Fort William in the west to Inverness in the east. The route follows sections of the canal towpath and forestry tracks through some of the Highland's most beautiful scenery and alongside Loch Ness. Why not include part of the Great Glen Way in your Highland adventure. The starting point is on the outskirts of Inverness and there is easy parking for your hire motorhome.

Next time in our Motorhome and Campervan Hire around Inverness and the Highlands series we’ll be heading up the Caledonian Canal to the Marina.

Why not start your Highland adventure today by hiring a motorhome in the Highlands.

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