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
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.”