Invergarry Castle and a loop hike at Loch Lochy

Friday the 26th of August, and Saturday the 27th. Friday morning we had some rainy weather at Fort Augustus, but walked around town for a bit before getting scheduled to ascend the next flight of 5 locks that would take us to Loch Oich and the highest point on the canal. Even with the weather…

Loch Ness

**“Of course the monster is real, I saw her with my own eyes!”** Loch Ness is the largest lake on the Caledonian Canal system, and the largest by volume in the British Isles, thanks to its depth. And even more fun, it’s famous for something that doesn’t exist. We spent two nights on Loch Ness, the second…

Traveling the Caledonian Canal

**Thank you to our Admin, Mark, for contributing this well written account of his travels aboard Detour!** The Caledonian Canal connects the east and west coasts of Scotland from Inverness to Fort William, about 77 miles. It was opened in 1822 after 19 years of construction. It includes 3 lakes, including the famous Loch Ness. It’s geologically…

Hello, Scotland!

Detour had a blazing sail to Scotland, averaging 6.7 knots.  We sailed first with a 15-20 knot northwest wind, followed by a lull which required a bit of motoring, ended with a building southeast, and finally another bit of motoring to bring us into the Moray Firth.  We’d traveled exactly 360nm from Utsira, Norway; total 53 hours…