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PeggyD
Dec-04-2015 @ 5:15 PM                           Permalink
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Sounds like I need to take an extra person then! I'm going to invest in a 2 or 3 step ladder to aid boarding,can't  get on and off the same way as in a bath tub on the Broads!

Love from Pegs

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Pegs - Have a look on the Caley website www.caleycruisers.com/ they have some good instruction videos. It is totally different from a Broads holiday quite a bit more physical, so you do need at least 2 people who can clamber about the boat when going through the locks. Caley are expensive, no doubt about it but as with anything in life to tend to get what you pay for.   But they are a family business so may have a flexible payment scheme. They are very approachable if you give them a call they will advise you.

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Have got the Hoseasons brochure for next year which I picked up the other day from my local travel agent when I was out shopping in Clifton Moor! There's some awesome pictures of the Great Glen! Was thinking of hiring Cygnet or Teal from West Highland or may go for Mull of Kintyre or Eriskay from Caley! Will have a look online to see if there's any more pics or info available!

Love from Pegs

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Dec-04-2015 @ 9:35 PM                           Permalink
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We hired 10 berth Mystique during October this year from West Highland Sailing. Six adults and 2 dogs. It was fantastic, we looked at hiring from Caley's, but went with W.H.S.at Laggan. We did not regret it, the boat was fantastic, the yard was great and very helpful.
The only down side was the 12 hours it took to get there. Do it, you won't regret it. Smile

Andy

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Dec-04-2015 @ 10:43 PM                           Permalink
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The travelling isn't such a problem for me as I live in York so it's straight up the A1 for a while,onto A9 and up but I do have the option of an overnight stay at my brother's in Dunoon in Argyll. That way we get a scenic drive round Loch Eck,Loch Fyne,over the Rest and Be Thankful to Loch Long, top end of Loch Lomond and up!
I really appreciate all your help! Thanks!

Love from Pegs

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Oct-26-2016 @ 8:07 AM                           Permalink
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We are taking our boat up to the Caledonian canal next July. We plan to have her dropped in at Inverness Marina, spend a week on the Caledonian and then head out of Fort William and have a week on the west coast before being picked up near Oban and brought back to Lincoln.

Any suggestions of good places to stop, good pubs etc. will be gratefully received.

With Regards

Rachael

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Hi Phylis.  I think that you'll find the quality of meals usually very good I  this part of the world.  This year we ate out several times during our week's holiday. We particularly enjoyed The Bothy in Fort Augustus, The Clansman Hotel on Loch Ness and The Moorings near Neptune's Staircase.  There's also a good Beefeater near Tomnahurich swing bridge (just outside Inverness).  If you're moored at Drumnadrochit harbour, half way across loch Ness there is a telephone number for a free taxi service to pick up and take you to and bring you back from either the Clansman Hotel or the Drumnadrochit Hotel, which we have used on several occasions over the years.

As for places to visit, there are plenty of stunning walks and because you're doing a one way trip up the canal you should have plenty of time to get off the boat to enjoy the scenery.  I would advise having at least a couple of  spare meals on board, as there isn't a lot of shopping opportunities near to the canal other than at Fort Augustus.  

Hope you enjoy your holiday as much as we always have.



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Thanks for that.  Great info.

We will make sure we stock up in Inverness then if shops are scarce!

With Regards

Rachael

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We did it some years ago and delighted we did, absolutely breath taking scenery.

However, if I had a gripe (and some folks say I have a few), I was surprised and disappointed at the lack of wild moorings and often needed to double or even triple berth.  Not my cup of tea too be honest and therefore would not rush back to do it again.

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We do a fair bit of coastal cruising so are used to having to raft up.

We are taking the dinghy so will also have the option of anchoring up and taking the dinghy to shore where possible and if necessary.

With Regards

Rachael

http://naughty-cal.blogspot.co.uk/

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