Telford's canal links the North Sea with the Atlantic via the Moray Firth, Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich, Loch Lochy and Sea-loch Linnhe.
We cross the canal and head towards Loch Dochfour , passing further gravel mounds on our left at Torvean.
Soon we start to pass through Lord Burton's estate and reach the man-made Loch Dochfour, created when the level of Loch Ness was raised by three metres (9 feet) to facilitate the construction of the Caledonian Canal.
Dochfour is at the point where the river and canal part company on their journeys to the sea.
Made the Millennium City for Scotland in 2001 it has a growing population approaching 65,000.
It remained a town until recently despite having a cathedral.
Today it houses Tomnahurich cemetery and is an extremely beautiful feature of the area.
The road bends away from the river towards the cemetery and shortly rejoins the A82 motor road where the cemetery meets the Caledonian canal.
On the south side of the river here are some of Inverness' most expensive homes and the north side is a green area of football pitches and leisure complexes.
The taste is slightly peaty, but both the taste and colour can be easily disguised with cheap whisky. As we drive westwards along the A82, after passing Loch Dochfour we pass a charming farm with its myriad ducks, geese and hens as we head towards the tiny village of Lochend .