The other 38 miles are fresh water lochs, the two main ones being Loch Lochy (which was the only part of the Canal that we managed to sail) and Loch Ness.
We arrived at the Corpach, at the western end of the canal, late afternoon on 17th June expecting to spend the night in Loch Linnhe but were immediately waved in to the first series of locks. It was all rather daunting with its rules and regulations and its 'dos' and 'don'ts' but we soon overcame our doubts with the help of the attentive Lock Keepers who, with lively banter, kept us amused as we slowly ascended (and later descended) with anecdotes and history about the Canal and its constant flow of travellers!
There are a total of 29 locks with a big climb at Neptune's Staircase at Banavie, seen here with Loch Linnhe in the background, at the western end...
some more locks (and 10 swing bridges) in the middle.......
then on to Inverness and the Moray Firth in the East.
Greensleaves joined us at Fort Augustus, at the south eastern end of Loch Ness and sailed (motored actually) with us to Urquhart Castle where we anchored for lunch.
At Inverness we moored up at the Seaport marina, on the outskirts of Inverness for a couple of days admin in the pouring rain before saying farewell to Rose and welcome aboard to John and Duncan.
It's been a relaxing few days but Capraia and crew are now champing at the bit to get back on the open sea!