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Martlet1
Jan-02-2020 @ 12:24 PM                           Permalink
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Hi all,

My wife and I were thinking of doing something a little different this year. We want to hire a boat on the Caledonian Canal in September. Has anyone done it before and would anyone be able to recommend boatyards and itineraries?

Many thanks,
Charlie.

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There are 2 locations on the Caledonian Canal to hire from, Caley Cruisers in Inverness and West Highland (Le Boat) at Laggan. Each provide a wide variety of cruisers and you should be able to find one that suits your needs.
In 2018 we hired the Clipper class from Laggan. It was ideal for our needs only drawback was it did not handle the very choppy water when the wind got up on Loch Ness.
Have a great time just as we did.

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We've done this holiday on several occasions over the last 20 years. Apart from the 1st time we have always used Caley Cruisers.  They are a very professional company and their boats are exceptional.  We've hired "Isle of Skye" which is a beautiful boat for 2 and even though it's a good few years old now it still looks new.  Caley's handover procedure is excellent too.  They even accompany you as far as the 1st lock to make sure that you're happy.  You can't beat the scenery too.

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It is well over 40 years since we hired a boat on the Caledonian Canal, we almost cancelled the hire because the lock at Laggon had collasped which impeded the area we could cover.
That said we had a great time, a 25 foot boat for four adults and a baby so conditions were a bit cramped.
We hired from Inverness and were able to cruise the canal before loch Ness, the loch its self the next stretch of canal and Loch Long.

Loch Ness can be at times like a millpond and the next moment it can be like being at sea, you see waves on the water that have no right to be there, on one passage we appeared to be the only boat on the water.

There are more riverside moorings these days by all accounts and you have to pull the boats through the locks.

We had a great time.

We always wanted to return at some time, a few years ago we went on the Scottish Canals, going up the Falkirk Wheel into Edinburgh and towards Glasgow.

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Alan

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We hired from Caley Cruisers many years ago.    It was June and our first trip out was in a gale across Loch Ness.   The sky was black and the wind howled.   Hubby who never worries about anything helmed the boat downstairs and wore his life jacket.  When I saw him put that on I knew we were in trouble.     The boat was lovely except for the toilet which I found archaic.   The aperture in the loo was so small that you could not flush anything through it.    I had long conversations with Jimmy Hoseason at the time about this loo.   He agreed with me and I am positive that boat is no longer with us.    It is different ,  the moorings are set ones , no informal moorings and you have to be aware of when the locks are open.    Would I go again,  yes but in a different boat.    The scenery is beyond beautiful.

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