The Crinan Canal is one of Argyll & Bute’s most popular visitor attractions with over 1,600 boats transiting the canal each year.
Scottish Canals has a prioritised asset management programme for all lock gates in Scotland, based on condition and risk. The full Crinan Canal has been identified as priority for gate replacement due to condition, age and criticality. Upgrading and replacement of the lock gates along the canal is vital to maintain the navigation of this historic waterway and any failure during operation could lead to serious health and safety implications.
Surveys and design works for the new steel gates for Locks 1 to 7 have already been completed. Within our winter stoppage programme for 2020-21, we will progress fabrication and installation of lock gates 1 to 4 between November 2020 and February 2021, requiring a full canal closure and drain down.
The installation works will begin in November 2020. The canal will be closed to navigation for the duration of the installation works, and there may be restrictions in the towpath.
Update 12th November 2020
Scottish Canals has undertaken fish rescue at the Cairnbaan lock flight, an important environmental aspect of this project. A total of 1,799 fish were relocated this week, comprising seven species in total with the vast majority being minnows and sticklebacks. Other fish rescued include brown trout, eel with smaller numbers of roach, dace and flounder.
This page will be updated as works progress.