From early next season, there will be a new facilities building
at Crinan and courtesy assistance at the locks for those customers
with only two people on board or who feel that they would like
help. The new locking assistance will, of course, also appeal to
those new to the pleasures of sailing along the Scottish
With the new facilities building open, customers will be tempted
to stay longer, enjoying the picturesque setting at Crinan and the
spectacular views out over Jura and the Dorus Mor.
Enjoy the Scenery and Tranquility at an Unhurried Pace
Alex Hurst, Assistant Waterway Manager, British
Waterways Scotland, explains how the new services will encourage
people to stay longer and enjoy more of what the beautiful area of
Mid Argyll has to offer:
"With these new services in place,
there has never been a better time to plan a visit to the Crinan
Canal and enjoy a leisurely cruise along the picture perfect nine
mile waterway whether travelling to, or from, the world renowned
waters off the west coast of Scotland.
"With up to four overnights included in the transit and return licence,
it's easy to shift gear and enjoy the gentle, unhurried pace on the
Crinan Canal and the abundant history, culture and scenic beauty of
As well as the wildlife and heritage of the pretty two hundred
year old waterway, itself a Scheduled Ancient Monument, there's
Kilmartin Glen to explore. Regarded as a heritage area of world
status, Kilmartin Glen boasts outstanding prehistoric and early
The canal, woodlands, lochs and wetlands are home to a wealth of
species, from black throated divers, golden eagles and osprey to beavers,
wild cat, pine martin and red squirrel.
The seas are rich with coral, marl beds and oysters and an
estimated twenty three species of whale and dolphin have been
spotted along the coast.
For more information about boating on the Crinan Canal and what
to see and do, visit www.scottishcanals.co.uk
If you would like to talk to a member of the Crinan Canal when
planning your visit, please telephone the Canal Office on 01546
To ensure prompt assistance, visitors planning to use the new
courtesy locking service are asked to contact the Canal Office
during the week prior to arrival by telephoning 01546 603210.
British Waterways Scotland is grateful to the European INTERREG
IVA Sail West Programme for jointly funding
construction of the new facilities building at Crinan.
Issued on behalf of British Waterways Scotland by
Joanna Harrison, Joanna Harrison PR.
For further information or photographs, please telephone: 07884