From an overnight stop at Corpach, today the Lord of the Glens commenced its transit from south to north, through the Caledonian Canal. This protected waterway is an engineering marvel of the early 19th century, constructed under the supervision of Scottish engineer Thomas Telford. The canal connects the west and east coasts of Scotland via the geological fault line known as the Great Glen, thus enabling ships to avoid rounding the treacherous north coast. A series of locks allowed the Lord of the Glens to safely defy gravity as we sailed “uphill,” against the flow of water as it drops from the terrain’s high point. In the afternoon many guests disembarked at Kytra lock to walk the last part of today’s journey to the dock at Fort Augustus. There was also plenty of time for guests to enjoy this charming town at the southern end of Loch Ness.