Plan Your Trip

At just nine miles long, the Crinan Canal creates a pathway through the Kintyre Peninsula, amidst truly magnificent scenery.

Book Your Transit

Scottish Canals has introduced a new booking system for boaters transiting the Crinan Canal. Find out more and book your passage below.

Book your transit

Covid-19 guidance

Border Restrictions – Quarantine

From 8th June 2020 Scotland and the UK have had in place entry restrictions at borders for Covid-19 security.  People arriving from countries without a current ‘travel corridor’ are subject to 14 days quarantine.

A list of countries with current travel corridors with Scotland can be found here.  Please note this list can and does change at very short notice.

Boaters are advised that it is NOT possible for people arriving into Scotland from a country without a current travel corridor to be aboard a vessel transiting through any of the Scottish Canals during their period of quarantine. People already aboard a vessel which has begun transit through one of the Scottish Canals when one of the travel corridors closes will however be allowed to continue their journey with the minimum number of overnight stops to complete their transit.

For more information relating to Covid-19 and how it may affect your transit please click here.

Skipper’s Guide

Our Skipper’s Guides are your complete reference guide to boating on the Scottish Canals. Your guide includes important safety information as well as details of moorings and facilities and can be purchased on arrival (£4.50) or download your free copy of the Skipper’s Guide beforehand.

Transit & Short Term Visitor Licences

All powered craft using the Scottish canals require a licence, and we have a variety of short-term and transit licences available to suit your requirements. 2 Week and one month licences are still available, and can be purchased at the sea lock on arrival. Price information is available here.

Locks & Bridges

The Crinan Canal is 9 miles (14.5km) in length with 15 locks (3 automated) and 7 bridges. Sea locks, Lock 14 and bridges are operated for your convenience by trained staff. Inland locks are self operated which involves pushing lock gates and winding sluices.

Assisted Passage

We recommend you employ an experienced Private Pilot if you are:

  • shorthanded with crew
  • in a rush to transit
  • have never transited the canal before.


Private pilot contact details:

Micky & Mark Williamson 07917 622 553 07501 444 559
Alasdair McCrae 07772 634 584 07379678008
Mike Murray 07818 857 805 01546 830 238
Tom Pitman 07712 474 280 01546 606 555
Charlie Ambrose 07383 627 241
Joe Kerr 01546 603 799
Piers Milligan 07887694538
Dylan Newlands-Steele 07376 653445
Andy Grant 07738 003 955

Please note that Scottish Canals are not liable for private pilots.

Single-Handed Boaters

We are unable to guarantee assistance to single-handed boaters, so please ensure you have sufficient crew on board to handle your ropes. Single-handed boaters are likely to experience delays.


  • LOA 26.82m (88ft). Length overall including fenders, bowsprits, davits, tenders, rudders and any other extension fore and/or aft of the boat. This can be reduced by retracting bowsprits.
  • Draught 2.2m (7ft 2in). Boat depth below the waterline. Remember to adjust your draught for freshwater by adding 0.1m per metre of your draught. We advise owners with vessels deeper than 2.2m draught to contact the Canal Office.
  • Beam 6.09m (20ft). Width of the boat including fenders.
  • Air Draught 28.95m (95ft). Boat height above waterline.

Operating Hours 2021

The canal is currently closed with major lock gate replacement works taking place in the eastern reach of the Crinan Canal.
We will share operating dates and hours for the 2021 season soon.


Canal Works & Updates

Check our Canal Works & Updates pages for details of current works along the Crinan Canal.