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Love it. That was grand. There are areas on this planet I'd love to cruise (the PNW being right up there) but ever since I first read Ring of Bright Water and later saw the film Local Hero I have had Scotland in my sights. Oh woe the tyranny of distance for one resident in the antipodes.

Wonderful pics and thanks for the map. There are many more canals than I had imagined, indeed I was under the impression that only the Caledonian actually crossed the island completely, though I'm thinking a six foot draft would have problems. ??

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Very cool... I've seen this somewhere before.. Canal cruise and carnival ride all in one!
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though I'm thinking a six foot draft would have problems. ??
The British Waterways state that the depth of the Forth Clyde Canal is 1.83ms or 6 ft.

This thread has a fairly full discussion about the Forth Cldye, including a photo of a submarine going through and this one has more info.

The main restriction on the canal at present is the Kerse Bridge on the River Carron. There is only 4.8ms (16ft) from the river bed to the bottom of the bridge, so if you have a water draught of 6 ft you can only have 10 ft air draught. To complicate matters further there can be a 4 m (12ft) tide on the river so you have to time your arrival at the bridge very carefully. There's a good photo of the problem on GoogleEarth

The Waterways Board do have a plan to divert the canal avoiding the bad bridges and tidal river. But with the economy being the way it is right now, maybe it will be a while before the work is done.
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Great thing was that they moved mountains to reopen the Forth Clyde Canal which had been derelict for years-as well as building the wheel they raised up a four lane dual carraigway-the Great Western Road in Glasgow which had been built across the canal after it had fallen into disuse.
A picture of Sandaig Bay(Maxwells Camusfearna)http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3539/...f07ec0.jpg?v=0.
As for the beach on Local Hero just Google Arisaig.
Sandaig Bay looks far better from sea and lives up to Ring of Brightwater expectations.Again Google images.
Being single handed invariably the times I could get good pictures I am occupied.
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Great photos, and sounds like a wonderful cruise. We encountered a sub while coming up the Firth of the Clyde. It went by, outbound, about 100 yards off as we eased along under spinnaker. What I noticed was that we were making more noise with our wake and fluttering sails than they were under power at twice our speed.
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