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What to Expect

Sail Caledonia provides an unrivalled opportunity for competitive and relaxed sailing and rowing in small boats and to encourage the use and development of such boats for cruising and ‘expedition making’. In addition, the event provides a unique sample of Scottish Highland culture - Along the way you will ascend Neptune’s Staircase, the longest staircase flight of locks in the UK, to the sound of the bagpipes and sail the mysterious Loch Ness, passing below the spectacular ramparts of Urquhart Castle.

Whilst completing the 66 mile navigation from coast to coast, one of the great inland waterway journeys of the world, there are many opportunities to stop and explore the Great Glen and surrounding areas. For accompanying non-sailing family members there are always a wide range of activities and entertainment provided by local communities and businesses with everything from white-water rafting to highland dancing on offer.

The combination of self-sufficient travel, competitive sailing and rowing, a vibrant ceilidh atmosphere, the many shore activities, and the spectacular scenery of the Great Glen, all provided in the spirit of world-famous Scots hospitality, will result in a truly memorable experience.

Sail Caledonia is an annual event and, with so much to see and do, many competitors return year after years.

Ian Waddell first entered Sail Caledonia in 2017 and had this to say after the event: “Sail Caledonia is 66 miles of rowing and sailing from Corpach to Inverness and May 2017 was the year my wife and I borrowed a 15ft Shetland skiff and took part.  The weather was kind, the organisation was professional, and helpful canal staff made for a safe and enjoyable adventure. No two days were the same.  There were rallies, and races where we could use both sails and oars. Being on the water in the shadow of Ben Nevis, discovering hidden parts of Scotland and beaching the boat on quiet coves and islands was very special.  Keen competition, friendly banter - all fuelled by good food and evening entertainment - mean that we’ll be back!”

To get a real flavour of the event you can read what others have said about their experiences. You may also be interested in this feedback from previous participants.

Ged’s Sail Caledonia, 2018

Sail Caledonia 2018 - Borth Celtic Longboat

Jack’s Sail Caledonia, 2016

Matthew Peacock’s Story, 2015

Tyboat’s Story, 2014

Loch Ness’s Blog, 2014
Loch Ness’s Blog, 2013
Loch Ness’s Blog, 2012

Mike’s Story, 2012

Osberts Lancaster’s Blog
Jim’s Story, 2011
Propal Ptotection’s Story (En Francais), 2011

Joost’s Story, 2009

You will find more information on the journey in the Skipper’s Guide to the Caledonian Canal.