Winter is here – frost and boat maintenance

Craning out for Winter maintenanceIt has been a cold week at Laggan, the mercury has barely risen above freezing.

There was a hive of activity here on Wednesday, some of the larger boats were lifted out of the water, for winter maintenance.  Is was a good day for the craning as it was dry and still.

The rest of the fleet have been taken through to the canal as they will not be so exposed to the elements.  Loch Lochy can get quite wild through the winter and the boats would take a battering down on the pontoon.

The canal has started to freeze over, it is unusual for the freeze to start so early in the winter.

It’s snowing!

Empty pontoon, Loch Lochy  Ice beginning to form on the canal


Bona Lighthouse to be restored

Bona Lighthouse can be seen  at the NE end of Loch Ness, on the Northern shore where the canal leaves Loch Ness on its way to Loch Dochfour. The light opened for business in 1822 and was  for a while the UK’s smallest manned inland lighthouse.

 Bona lighthouse

The Vivat trust are planning to restore the building, which has fallen into disrepair, beginning in Spring next year.  The striking octagonal building, by the world-renowned engineer Thomas Telford, has been overnight stables for horses pulling vessels along the waterway, as well as one of only a few inland lighthouses across the UK.  The building will be sympathetically repaired and refurbished, giving it a new lease of life as two short-term holiday rental properties.