Work is starting on improvements to the historic Caledonian Canal, which crosses the Scottish Highlands. The project will include the replacement of lock gates at Fort Augustus

James Watt was involved in the original development of the canal in the late 18th century.

The modern-day improvements are part of a package of canals investment supported by the Scottish Government, through its agency Transport Scotland. The Union Canal – linking Edinburgh to Falkirk – will also benefit.

Catherine Topley, Chief Executive of Scottish Canals, said: “This additional funding is fantastic news and will help us to safeguard the incredible heritage assets of Scotland’s canals for future generations to enjoy. These 200-year-old waterways play a vital role in local communities and Scotland as a whole, contributing to the marine economy; attracting tourists, visitor spend and investment; as well as stimulating job creation and business growth.”

The full story is on the Scottish Canals website.