Though the day dawned with clouds, drizzle, and blustery winds, we soldiered on our way into the Caledonian Canal. First, we entered Neptune's Staircase, the largest flight of locks on the canal. Then we had a pleasant cruise through Loch Lochy, one of the canal's four lochs or freshwater lakes. Sideways winds and blowing rain made outdoors viewing and photography more challenging, but we rose to the occasion to enjoy the impressive views and farm country. After lunch, we transited Laggan Avenue, a narrow stretch of beautiful tree-lined canal that is quite photogenic. At about this time, the rain had its final say for the day and we continued with intermittent glimpses of blue sky. The west side of Scotland receives significantly more rain than the east side, so we hoped we were leaving the clouds behind. From the avenue we entered Loch Oich, with a shallow dredged channel marked by navigation aids. We passed the ruins of Invergarry Castle (burnt by Cumberland) and saw our first deer of the journey.