We stayed at Inverness Marina for four days. We had planned to spend only two days but crew injury (not serious) caused us to wait a while. Despite the injury we enjoyed our stay and got to explore the city a little.
|Picturesque Scottish Architecture|
|River Ness (east) and Caledonian Canal (west)|
It's worth noting that currents are very strong in Inverness Firth. As we exited the river we needed full power to round the shoal which extends out into the Firth. The north cardinal at its end was half-submerged!
Entering the sea lock was straight-forward. We paid our money (UKP200) for the permit and motored on into Muirtown basin. We lay at a pontoon berth there until the swing bridge was able to open. This bridge is in Inverness so openings cause major traffic jams. It is at the base of the "flight" of locks out of the city and into very nice countryside. The lock flight seems to be a major tourist attraction. It was weird looking down into a valley from the boat.
|Clachnaharry Sea Lock|
|Entering the Muirtown Flight|
|In the canal|
While shutting down our systems I had a quick look at the AIS boats nearby. 300m along the canal was Taipan, an Australian boat we last saw in Bermuda and whose crew we first met during the Fremantle to Darwin Splash in 2002. How amazing! We walked along the canal to see them and spend a nice evening with them.
|Zen Again at Dochgarroch Lock|