Crinan Canal

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 history.

Boating

2 yachts in canal basin

Sail the length of the canal, enjoy the activity of a whole series of locks and take in the stunning Argyll and Bute scenery.

Paddling

Children paddling on the Crinan Canal

The Crinan Canal is a wonderful waterway to explore by kayak or canoe, surrounded by the stunning scenery of Argyll and Bute.

Fishing

man fishing on Scottish canal

The Crinan Canal is well known amongst fisherman as the ideal spot for a bit of fly fishing.

Wildlife

Wildlife on Scotland's Canals

The wildlife along the canal includes herons and wrens, otters and wild mink.

Cycling

Bikes parked against lampost at Crinan Basin

Enjoy the tranquillity of the towpath, or take the road that follows the route of the canal for a faster ride.

Events

Onlookers watching water walker on the Crinan Canal

Look out for plenty of special events and family days out along this intriguing stretch of water.

History

looking over lone yacht on Loch Crinan

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.

Holidays

people relaxing on wooden boat moored in canal basin

Arrange a yacht charter or book up a hotel or holiday cottage for a great holiday near the Crinan Canal.

Walking

People walking on the Crinan Canal towpath

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.