Day 21, Fort William and Inverness, Scotland, June 11, 2016

Today, we tour the lochs around Fort William and Inverness, including Loch Ness!! Our eyes were peeled to see Nessie (THE Loch Ness monster) but without success!!

We began at the Caledonian Canal, which connects the Scottish east coast at Inverness with the west coast at Corpach near Fort William in Scotland. The canal was constructed in the early nineteenth century by Scottish engineer Thomas Telford, and is a sister canal of the Göta Canal in Sweden, also constructed by Telford.  The canal runs some 60 miles (97 km) from northeast to southwest. Only one third of the entire length is man-made, the rest being formed by Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich, and Loch Lochy.  These lochs are located in the Great Glen, on a geological fault in the Earth’s crust. There are 29 locks (including eight at Neptune’s Staircase, Banavie), four aqueducts and 10 bridges in the course of the canal.  The draught runs 15 to 18 feet.

 

John Cobb was the holder of the land speed record of 390 mph.  He was attempting to break the water speed record of 178.4 mph, at the time of his death.

   

Above are the MANY Nessie critters, we saw!!

We then toured Urquhart Castle, positioned overlooking Loch Ness.  The ruins date from 13th to 16th century, with the castle used in the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century.  It is one of the largest and most-visited castles in Scotland.

And of course, we had to look over a British Morgan 8 Roadster!

 

 

 

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