Last night I watched an episode of the BBC programme Coast on iplayer. I’d downloaded this one particularly because part of the programme followed the Caledonian Canal and Great Glen Way. The aerial shots were great as I was able to see the paths that I’ll be walking along in a few weeks time. Although I didn’t really learn anything new, it did remind me of a few facts:

  • The Canal was built by hand and was as much a job creation scheme for dispossesed Highlanders as it was to be of benefit to shipping.
  • It went way over budget.
  • By the time it was built ships had got bigger and couldn’t fit along it. So it turned out to be a bit of a white elephant.
  • Loch Ness is deep enough to hold 3 times the world’s population. (Though I don’t know if this was worked out based on the current population or if this is an out of date fact).

I’m sure there was more, but I don’t remember.

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