The lock keeper came to Laggan today to let the Jacobite Queen through the locks.
It was a good opportunity to move our last 2 boats to safe haven for the winter.
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.
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.
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.