Spynie Canal

Spynie Canal
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Spynie Canal

The Spynie Canal lies to the north of Elgin and flows into the Moray Firth at Lossiemouth. It was built for drainage purposes around 1808, to a plan by Thomas Telford (1757 - 1834) and is 6 miles (10 km) in length. The Spynie Loch once filled an extensive low-lying area of land between Elgin and the coast and the canal allowed this to be drained and the area made available for agriculture. The canal was damaged by inundation in 1829, but later repaired.

Nearby are other associated features, such as the Innes Canal, which lies a half-mile (1 km) to the east.

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