About Laggan

Laggan is our only base in the Caledonian Canal. Fort William and Ben Nevis (the UK’s highest mountain) is only 3.5 hours south of the base, while Inverness is only 9hrs to the north. So the whole region is easy to explore in a week. The famous Loch Ness is just a 3hr cruise from Laggan.

What you get on the base

Facilities

  • Toilets

Extras & options for your cruise

The following extras are available to prebook or purchase locally at this base. A reduced fee will apply to items that are prebooked. Please see 'Prepare for your departure' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.

 

Practical extras

  • Early check-in & late check-out
  • Boat cleaning

Fun extras

  • Special occasion gift baskets

Opening hours

Mon - Thu: 8am - 5pm | Fri - Sat: 8am - 5:30pm | Sun: Closed

Address

West Highland Sailing, Laggan Locks
Spean Bridge
Fort William
Scotland
PH34 4EB
United Kingdom

Telephone

+44 (0) 1809 501 234

Travel to Laggan

By Road

Be prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit https://www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe.

As the roads through the Highlands can make progress slow, it is advisable to allow extra time by leaving home earlier in the day.

 

Using your sat-nav

We would advise to print and follow the directions below to reach our base by car. However, if you choose to use your sat-nav, don't enter 'Laggan' into your sat-nav or your will be directedf to the wrong place. Instead, you should enter our postcode, which is PH34 4EB.

 

Directions from the North

On the A82 travelling from the north (e.g. Inverness), approximately 3 miles(5 km) south of Invergarry, 200 metres after The Well of the Seven Heads shop, take the road on the right signposted KILFINNAN and BALMAGLASTER. Travel 1.5 miles (2.5 km) along this road, which is single track with passing places, and look down to your left. You will see ‘A’ framed wooden chalets, turn sharp left at the bottom of the hill just after the chalets crossing over a cattle grid. Pass in front of the chalets with the loch on your right, and follow the road into the boatyard car park. As this is a farm road it is advisable to not go over 30mph and do watch out for pot holes.

 

Directions from the South

When coming From Dalwhinnie once you reach Spean Bridge turn right on the A82 towards Inverness, or if coming from Fort William  continue through Spean Bridge on the A82 and after 13 miles (20km) you will cross a swing bridge over the canal (do not turn in at the end of Loch Lochy (11.5 miles) which is where the sign says Laggan Locks.  This will take you in to the wrong side of the canal). Take the first left, signposted KILFINNAN, BALMAGLASTER. Travel 1.5.miles (2.5km) along this road; which is single track, with passing places and look down to your left where you will see “A” framed wooden chalets, turn sharp left just after the chalets at the bottom of the hill, crossing over a cattle grid and pass in front of the chalets with the Loch on your right, then follow the road into the boatyard car park. As this is a farm road it is advisable to not go over 30mph and do watch out for pot holes.

 

Single Track Roads: 

Please drive slowly and take care when going round bends as there may be cyclists, walkers, sheep, dogs or deer.  Be alert for cars coming from the other direction and pull in at the nearest layby to allow them to pass, the normal etiquette is for the person nearest the layby to pull over (you may have to reverse back).  However, vehicles ravelling uphill have right-of-way. Watch out for potholes, there are some just in front of the holiday chalets near our base.

 

Parking

Parking is available on site. Please pre-book and pay in advance.

By Train

For train timetables and prices, visit www.buytickets.scotrail.co.uk. For the best rates, you should pre-book your tickets in advance.

Closest train stations:

  • Spean Bridge: (24km from our base)
  • Fort William: (40km from our base)

Please note: Dalwhinnie and Newtonmore are not the closest station - these are 82km and 57km from our base respectively.

You can get the sleeper train from Euston London to either Fort William or Inverness. If you look 2 to 3 months in advance it is possible to get discounted berths which start at £19 each. 

By Air

Closest airports:

  • Inverness: 80km
  • Glasgow: 204km
  • Edinburgh:170km

Taxi Transfers

To book a taxi to or from the base you can contact the number below.

 

Great Glen Travel Tel: +44 (0) 1809 501 222 | Cell: +44 (0)771 364 0990 | [email protected]

 

Approximate prices to/from the base. These are single journey rates and include airport parking charges.

 Up to 7 passengers8 - 16 passengers
Inverness Airport (INV)£98£190
Glasgow Airport (EDI)£250£400
Edinburgh Airport (GLA)£290£460
Spean Bridge Train Station£30£65
Fort William Train Station£48£90

Arrival at Laggan

When to arrive

Your boat will be ready to depart for 4pm. We recommend that you arrive at least 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions. Our base in Laggan closes at 5pm (Mon - Thu) and by 5:30pm (Fri & Sat). If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base ready to depart between 11am and 12noon or from 2pm.

Late arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base unexpectedly late, you will need to inform the base directly as soon as your know.  When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

Upon arrival

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and vacation as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive our base staff will:

  • Take an 'Engine Hours' deposit to cover the fuel and gas you use during your vacation as well as engine wear and tear. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable  damage deposit. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your vacation. The amount collected (and thus your liability) can be reduced by purchasing a Collision Damage Waiver in advance. Please contact our sales team for details.
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc.).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.

Your return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 09:00 on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

If you wish to leave the boat before 8am, you should come to reception the previous evening before 5pm.  We will complete the formalities and you will be free to leave when you wish.  If you intend to be back later than 5pm and wish to leave early on your departure date, please call us in advance to let us know.

 

Local info

Payment Means

Please note that payment of fuel, deposit & any extras booked and paid locally are required in the local currency of the base. Our bases accept Visa & Mastercard, but not American Express. 

 

Hotels

The Moorings – Tel: +44 (0) 1397 772 797
Letterfinlay – Tel: +44 (0) 1397 712 622
Glengarry Castle – Tel: +44 (0) 1809 501 254
Inverlochy Castle – Tel: +44 (0) 1397 702 177
Invergarry – Tel: +44 (0) 1809 501 206
Craigdarroch – Tel: +44 (0) 1456 486 400
Loch Ness House Hotel – Tel: +44 (0) 1456 450 991
Loch Lochy Youth – Tel: +44 (0) 1809 501 239
Lock Inn – Tel: +44 (0) 1320 366 302
Glen Loy Lodge – Tel: +44 (0) 1397 712 700
Old Pines – Tel: +44 (0) 1397 712 324

 

Restaurants

The Bothy Bite – Tel: +44 (0) 1320 366 701
An Crann – Tel: +44 (0) 1397 772 077
Fiddlers Restaurant – Tel: +44 (0) 1456 450 678
Scots Kitchen – Tel: +44 (0) 1320 366 361
The Eagle Inn – Tel: +44 (0) 7789 858 567

 

Shops

There are small supermarkets at Fort Augustus, Spean Bridge and Drumnadrochit, and large superstores in Inverness and Fort William. The local shop is the Seven Heads Store

 

Tourist Office

Fort William - Tel: +44 (0) 1397 703 781

Inverness - Tel: +44 (0) 1463 234 353

 

Doc/Vet

Veterinary

Chris Evans

Victoria Road

Fort William

Tel: +44 (0) 1397 702 727