Our Winter workshop

Our floating dock up above the locks

Winter is a very busy time for our staff, servicing, refurbishing and improving the fleet ready for the beginning of the new season in April.

Working on the boats outside is pretty much out of the question in the middle of a Great Glen winter, so we have built a floating covered dock with a big roaring heater in it above the locks at Laggan.  This structure will easily take our biggest cruisers, so staff can work on the boats whatever the weather outside.

The main Winter jobs are servicing  the engines, heaters and similar ancilliary equipment, servicing the safety gear, cleaning the upholstery and generally making sure the boats are in tip-top condition for the first charterers of the new season.

The floating dock - notice the chimney!Osprey Two under cover for maintenance Warm and cosy

Great Glen Way to be Improved

The Great Glen Way alongside Loch Lochy

Walking paths and tourist routes across Scotland’s forestry estate, including the West Highland Way, are to be improved as a result of a £3.15 million funding boost for  Forestry Commission Scotland.  A total of £1 million will be spent on the Great Glen Way to build over 11 miles of new path and upgrade surfaces on this popular tourist route which runs from Fort William to Inverness.

The route  spans 79 miles/127km between Fort William and Inverness, and the whole route can be walked in five or six  days.  The Great Glen Way suits all levels of walker. For the less experienced it is the perfect introduction to long distance walking, being for the most part low-level and following mainly towpaths and woodland tracks. There are some challenging sections though, and the more experienced may wish to tackle a few Munros or Corbetts within reach from the route.

Most parts of the Way are easily accessible from the many pontoons and moorings along the canal, offering an opportunity for the more energetic to combine walking and boating in one holiday.

Photo: Great Glen Way at Loch Lochy

(Iain Thompson) / CC BY-SA 2.0