Crinan Canal

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Place Category: Water, Canal, Marinas & Anchorages, Cycling, Walking & Climbing, and Touring & Day Trips

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  • Sail, walk, jog, kayak or cycle along the Crinan Canal

    The story of “the most beautiful shortcut in the world” began in 1771 when James Watt surveyed the district to find a course for the canal, originally planned by John Rennie. Only 9 miles in length, the Crinan Canal was built to improve access to the Western Isles, offering a safe transit route from Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne to Crinan, avoiding the long, arduous journey around the Mull of Kintyre

    Every year nearly 2000 boats, now mostly pleasure craft, make the journey while many walkers, cyclists and runners watch from the towpath. It is an outstanding piece of engineering with a dramatic history – to learn more about its history in a short film click here.

    To download or watch a podcasts of the Crinan Canal Video Trail click below:

    To download or watch a podcasts of the Crinan Canal Video Trail click below:

    Crinan to Ardrishaig

    Ardrishaig to Crinan

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