Every year nearly 2000 boats make the journey along the 9
miles of "Britain's most beautiful shortcut". Once an important
commercial connection with the Western Isles most of the traffic is
now pleasure craft. We call the area 'Dalriada'- an
ancient coastal kingdom at the Heart of Argyll.
The Crinan Canal links Loch Fyne at Ardrishaig with the Sound of
Jura, creating a vital waterway through the Kintyre peninsula in
the Heart of Argyll.
It is an outstanding piece of engineering with a dramatic
Sail the length of the canal, enjoy the activity of a whole series of locks and take in the stunning Argyll and Bute scenery.
The Crinan Canal is a wonderful waterway to explore by kayak or canoe, surrounded by the stunning scenery of Argyll and Bute.
The Crinan Canal is well known amongst fisherman as the ideal spot for a bit of fly fishing.
The wildlife along the canal includes herons and wrens, otters and wild mink.
Enjoy the tranquillity of the towpath, or take the road that follows the route of the canal for a faster ride.
Look out for plenty of special events and family days out along this intriguing stretch of water.
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.
Arrange a yacht charter or book up a hotel or holiday cottage for a great holiday near the Crinan Canal.
A walk from Crinan to Ardrishaig is only 9 miles and provides you with the perfect opportunity to take in the stunning views of Mid Argyll and watch the boats sailing by.