Revelling in the title of ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut, you’d be hard pressed to find a more picturesque stretch of water than the Crinan Canal. At just nine miles long it links Loch Fyne at Ardrishaig with the Sound of Jura and the Western Isles.

The village of Ardrishaig is the gateway to the Crinan Canal and was once a busy port for both passenger and freight traffic. The terminal building has been recently restored and is now home to The Steamer Terminal, a cafe offering a hearty range of food using Argyll’s natural larder, alongside The Egg Shed, an interpretation centre and community space hosting artefacts from the canal and stories of its rich history.