Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Corpach to Gairlochy

We woke to another beautiful morning after a cold night.

Lying in Corpach Basin

We wanted a leisurely start but the lock keepers wanted us to pass through the swing bridge after it was opened for some boats moving down so they requested us to move up as soon as possible. Apparently the bridge was causing some problems.
We made a complete hash of entering the first lock. So much so that I had to come out do a 360 degree turn and then go back in again. Hilary and I could not throw our lines up to the top of the lock the first time but did better the second time.
The steam train is scheduled to go through about 10 o'clock. As our debacle in the first lock meant we arrived at the bridge a bit too close to 10 o'clock for comfort they asked us to wait
Waiting for the train
We watched the train gingerly crossing the bridge and then waited for the bridge to open let the yachts coming the other way pass us then we were off up the flight of locks called Neptune's Staircase.
Looking back down Neptune's Staircase
We were two thirds of the way up when who should appear but Andrew and Sheila, who had come up on the overnight sleeper to Fort William and were planning to walk the Great Glen Way at the same time as we sailed it.
Sheila and Andrew
It was lovely to see them and they helped us through the last few locks and we then stopped and all had lunch together as it was well after midday and Hilary and I were exhausted after coming up through the locks.
We then set off in Harmony and Sheila and Andrew (S&A) headed off on the track beside the canal.
S&A on the track
We met all sorts coming through the canal including this life boat
Even the RNLI like the canal

But mostly it was empty
Not a soul around
The locks are very deep and we asked the lock keepers to drop down lines to us as our throwing of lines was not consistently good!
Deep in the lock
Our stop that night was at Gairlochy and after passing the locks we moored at the bottom of Loch Lochy with a Canada goose and a pair of thuggish swans.

S&A went off to their hotel about an hours walk away and once we were safely moored we headed off to join them for supper. It was a lovely walk there and back and a jolly good supper, thank you Sheila.
It was a cold night which resulted in a heavy frost.

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