Scotland | Barge Trip Coast to Coast

Part 1 of a great vacation in Scotland. Climb aboard!

Our View From Iowa

by Jim and Melanie

Great Glen Fault

The city of Inverness opens to the North Sea via the Beauly and Moray Firths. The city of Fort William opens to the Atlantic Ocean via Loch Linnhe. Three inland lochs (lakes) Ness, Oich, and Lochy are aligned between the two cities along a geological fault called the Great Glen Fault. It was formed about 400 million years ago.

Navigation by ship between regions around Inverness and Fort William was a long and dangerous undertaking over 200 years ago. They had to go around the islands to the west, or around England to the south. Both journeys faced hazards of weather and piracy. The trips took a long time.

A canal was proposed to be built between Inverness and Fort William which would drastically shorten the journey. Much of the 60 miles would utilize the lochs. To raise and lower ships, a system of 29 locks were…

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4 thoughts on “Scotland | Barge Trip Coast to Coast

  1. Sue

    Melanie, this looks like the best cruise in the world, and I am particularly interested in the hiking parts. Will you/Jim be sharing that? Och! I think this is the way I’d like to see the auld sod, Scotland, home of (some of) my forebears, which is most definitely on my bucket list.

    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      I was not able to hike a lot due to a bum knee. Jim injured his in May, so he rehabbed more than I did, and was able to hike a bit more. But yes, we’ll have some more on that soon. Thanks for taking a look.

  2. claire quilty

    Thanks for sharing your experiences at Loch Ness as I truly enjoyed the videos. Particularly while being on the barge at the locks. Often wondered what it would be like to be on board a vessel while changing water depths.


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