CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Canal Boat today CLICK HERE

Inspiration to explore the UK’s inland waterways…

PUBLISHED: 12:13 28 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:18 28 September 2015

Neptune's Staircase lock on the Caledonian Canal

Neptune's Staircase lock on the Caledonian Canal

(c) josefkubes

This video clip, sponsored by leading boat insurance specialists Haven Knox-Johnston and created by award winning documentary filmmaker John Boyle, features footage from The Great Motorboat Tour in which John undertook a circumnavigation of the British Isles in his motorboat ‘Shark Bay’. It covers the journey from Lossiemouth into the Caledonian Canal and the journey through Scotland’s most spectacular scenery to the West Coast. This particular stretch of canal is definitely a fantastic inspiration for all inland boat owners.

Haven Knox-JohnstonHaven Knox-Johnston

The Caledonian Canal is Scotland’s great short cut - 21 miles of canal linking with 38 miles of lochs to provide a route from East Scotland and the North Sea through to West Scotland and the Irish Sea. A third of the entire length is man-made, the rest being formed by Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich, and Loch Lochy.

It’s a route John and Fionn had contemplated should rough weather have prevented them negotiating the notoriously difficult conditions around the north coast. But this is a scenic detour - and provides unexpected vistas of snowy peaks and a very different landscape.

The footage shows the team battling early engine problems and their quick thinking to get the issues resolved; the laid back attitudes of canal residents and also local landmarks including the Urquhart Castle, a popular tourist sight attracting hundreds of visitors a day. John and Fionn make sure to visit the Harbour Lights Café, which is rumoured to have the best fried breakfast in Lossiemouth!

John Boyle comments on the difference between busy ocean boating to slower canal ways: “The Caledonian Canal - we are in the first lock and a long way to go. But there’s a real buzz just entering it - it’s one of those things you hear about so much and we are here! I’m just looking forward to it. It’s bizarre isn’t it, we have been out in this wild hectic ocean for a couple of weeks and then suddenly we are in this calm, tranquil canal environment where everything happens at 4 or 5 knots, the lock gates don’t open until 9:30am and close at 4:30pm. Beautiful, a completely different pace of life, it’s going to be a fun…”

Haven Knox-Johnston believe that not only boat owners will enjoy this great ‘boat’s eye’ view of the canal’s tranquil beauty - from Inverness to Fort Augustus, across fabled Loch Ness taking in sunshine, snow-capped peaks and ruined castles, but also those who wish to see the sights and sounds of one of Scotland’s most prized and celebrated canal ways.

For more information on the Great Motorboat Tour, a 32 clip series following John Boyle circumnavigating British waterways visit http://www.boat-zone.com/category/the-great-motorboat-tour/ …all great inspiration for boat owners to explore further afield.

If you would like to find out more about Haven Knox-Johnston, the boat insurance people who share your passion… visit our website http://www.boatinsure.co.uk/ and read about the boat types we cover and why our team provide one of the UK’s leading boat insurance services.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Canal Boat visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Canal Boat staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Canal Boat account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Canal Boat

Is it electric, ask towpath walkers as a soundproofed Beta provides a beautifully peaceful power plant on this 60ft semi-trad

Read more
October 2018
Friday, September 7, 2018

How do you buy a narrowboat and spend five days a week renovating it while on maternity leave, without letting on to your husband? Katy-Felicity Butler-Brown tells us how it was done...

Read more
October 2018
Friday, September 7, 2018

We ask the experts how to keep your perfect paintjob

Read more
September 2018
Friday, September 7, 2018

To help you enjoy uninterrupted cruising, here are the top five causes of breakdowns and how to avoid them

Read more
September 2018

Boating Leisure Services are back in the winners’ enclosure with an elegant craft full of future-proofed features

Read more
September 2018

Seasoned boaters Audrey and Mick Rogers know what they like so the only destination to head for was one of the country’s top builders

Read more
June 2018
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A bespoke boat means you can really tailor your design to fit your dreams. And if that means an extended cabin and a gigantic bed, JD Narrowboats are happy to oblige

Read more
April 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Why wait years for a bespoke build? Adam braves the last blast of winter to test a top notch spec boat that is ready to go

Read more
May 2018
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

In response to the rising number of boaters buying moorings, British Waterways Marinas Ltd has issued some simple but important safety tips

Read more
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Relocating to the other end of the country and becoming a liveaboard is a big change – but this bespoke 60ft semi-trad is designed to ease the transition

Read more
March 2018

Most Read

Newsletter Sign Up

Canal Boat monthly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Like us on Facebook



Follow us on Twitter