Scheduled Monument

Caledonian Canal,Dochgarroch LockSM5417

Status: Designated


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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.


Date Added
Industrial: dock, harbour, lock; inland water
Local Authority
Inverness And Bona
NH 61870 40416
261870, 840416


The monument consists of a standard masonry-walled Caledonian Canal lock, with associated working areas.

The lock forms part of the Caledonian Canal, which at the time of its construction was one of the largest canals in the world and was probably the largest civil engineering project up to that date in Scotland.

The area to be scheduled is roughly rectangular, 100m SW-NE by 45m NW-SE and is marked in red on the accompanying map. The modern lock gates and hydraulic control gear are excluded from the scheduling.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as a significant part of the Caledonian Canal, built between 1803 and 1822. It is scheduled as part of a programme of protection also involving listing of buildings. Dochgarroch Lock was built as a regulating device to protect the eastern end of the canal from fluctuations in the level of water in the River Neess. The canal was designed by Thomas Telford and financed directly by Government. It set new standards in the scale of its locks.



RCAHMS records the monument as NH64SW 16.1.

About Scheduled Monuments

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Scheduled monument records provide an indication of the national importance of the scheduled monument which has been identified by the description and map. The description and map (see ‘legal documents’ above) showing the scheduled area is the designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary and provided for general information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within the statement of national importance or additional information. These records are not definitive historical or archaeological accounts or a complete description of the monument(s).

The format of scheduled monument records has changed over time. Earlier records will usually be brief. Some information will not have been recorded and the map will not be to current standards. Even if what is described and what is mapped has changed, the monument is still scheduled.

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