Corpach: Iain MacIntyre 1931 – 2018

This is certainly a bench that encourages you to linger and enjoy the view.

The Caledonian Canal runs from Corpach in the west of Scotland near Fort William to Inverness in the east.  This waterway is made up of 22 miles of canals and 29 locks, joining 38 miles of existing lochs that string along the Great Glen.  Built in the early 19th century, the route includes Neptunes Staircase near to Corpach where a ladder of eight locks raises boats 70 feet.

We were cycling back to our campsite near Corpach after an enthralling evening of pine marten watching with Glen Loy Wildlife.   Seeing these elusive mammals has been on my wish list for many years and I was thrilled to have had the chance.  The day before we had climbed Ben Nevis on a perfect and unusually hot day for the month of May.  We were happy and relaxed after touring around the beautiful country of Scotland for around a month and looking forward to more weeks to come.  In the evening light we cycled down to the locks at Corpach, where the Caledonian Canal meets Loch Linnhe and had to stop to take in the magnificent view of Ben Nevis saturated by the warm colours of the sunset.

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Ben Nevis in the evening sunshine

While we watched the vibrant magic of the sun setting, I noticed a memorial bench with an enviable view and turned away to read the plaque.  The bench remembers Iaian MacIntyre and told me that he was born at Corpach Sealock in 1931.  I sat and pondered on what a different place this would have been in 1931.  Today the Caledonian Canal is mostly used by leisure boats but in the 1930s large paddle steamers would have taken passengers through the canal and in the Second World War a naval repair base was here.

Iain MacIntyre’s death at 87 years of age was announced in the Oban Times on 4 October 2018:

MACINTYRE – Very peacefully,  surrounded by his family on Saturday, September 29, 2018, Iain Neil MacIntyre, aged 87 years. Devoted husband, dad and grandad. Funeral service will be held on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 11a.m. in Kilmallie Parish Church, Corpach; thereafter to Beoraid Cemetery, Morar for approx 3p.m. Family flowers only please …

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In memory of Iain MacIntyre Born Corpach SeaLock 1931 – 2018