When you tell people you’re going to row across Scotland, most people look at you as if you’ve gone bonkers, because not many people know that the west and east coasts are in fact connected by the Great Glen which is itself navigable. Two thirds of the length of the Great Glen is covered by four separate lochs, including Scotland’s most famous, largest and deepest, Loch Ness. Loch Dochfour, Loch Oich, and Loch Lochy along with about 20 miles of the Caledonian canal make up the entire 60 miles of rowing between Fort William and Inverness.
To put that into perspective, it’s three times as wide as The English Channel which we rowed across in 2012. And while we’re hopefully we won’t be experiencing the Force 5 sea state conditions we had for our Channel row, Loch Ness is classified as an inland sea and conditions do reach Force 5.
We’re going to rowing a four man Scottish skiff which is a seagoing rowing boat capable of taking on the choppy waters that the Westerly winds can generate on Loch Ness and the other lochs. And to cover the 60 miles, we’re going to be rowing for roughly 24 hours in the space of 36 hours (breaking for sleep and while the 29 canal locks we’ll have to pass through close overnight).
Wish us luck, or please do sponsor us at mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/thechannelfourrowsscotland