Crinan Canal Restrictions

Update 11th October 2021

Crinan will be closed for sea to sea transits this winter from 15:30 on 29th of October 2021 to 14th March 2022. The canal will be open at the Ardrishaig end for boat movements and havens throughout the season from Monday to Friday 08:30 – 15:30.

Please check the ongoing works schedule on our website for changes to these and other projects.

Update 5th October 2021

We are delighted to advise that following recent rainfall, we are now able to revert to normal operating F.W. draft of 2.2M from Thursday 7th October and will be operating to our normal hours of 08.30 – 17.30 (last locking at 5pm) Thursday to Monday.

Boats with a deeper draft are advised to contact the Crinan office on 01546 603210 or email for more information.

Please note that we will revert to our Autumn hours of 08.30 – 16.30 (last locking at 16.00) as of Sunday 10th October.

We would like to thank customers for their patience over the past few weeks and hope today’s announcement will enable people to enjoy all the Crinan Canal has to offer during the last few weeks of the season.

Update 28th September 2021

Following recent rainfall, we have reverted back to operating a restricted draft of up to two metres and two hours either side of high tide.

However, we are continually reviewing the weather to ensure we maximise the opportunities for boats to transit The Crinan Canal during the last few weeks of the season.

Update 21st September 2021

We would like to confirm that we intend to resume boat movements and sea to sea transits through Crinan on Thursday morning.

The previously existing restrictions, operating two hours either side of high water and restriction on vessels of 2M fresh water draft will continue.

Updated 17th September 2021

Prolonged dry weather in Argyll and Bute has exacerbated the water shortage that has impacted our supply reservoirs and feeder system in recent weeks and therefore we have taken the difficult decision to temporarily close the Crinan Canal for a couple of days, from 5pm on Friday 17th September 2021.

We have been working tirelessly to manage the water levels on the Crinan Canal over the past few months in order to maintain transits. However, for operational and safety reasons we now need  to temporarily close the canal.

We will continue to offer safe haven for vessels at both harbours and our teams are moving existing craft through the canal but we will not be able to accept any new transits over the weekend. We have deployed emergency pumps and are hopeful this will allow us to re-open navigation next week but will continue to monitor the situation and will provide a further update on Tuesday.

Update 10th August 2021

The 2-metre draft restriction remains at Crinan Canal and our operational team is working hard to conserve our water resources as we operate the canal.

As we continue to monitor our water resource levels, lockings at the sea locks in Ardrishaig and Crinan will only be carried out for 2 hours either side of high water, between the hours of 08:00 and 18:00 Thursday – Monday.

Update 16th July 2021

Due to the continued dry weather, Scottish Canals would ask that those on passage conserve water by sharing locks with others.

In particular we would ask that you maintain groups on the flights between locks 5 and 13 so that we may minimise the water drawn from the summit reach.

We also request that no boats stop overnight between locks 5 and 8 or between 11 and 13. This enables us to adjust water levels as necessary in the early morning or late at night with minimum disruption to visitors.

We will endeavour not to cause undue delay and hope that your co-operation will help us maintain levels of service throughout the summer period.


Vessels with Deep Draught

During this particularly dry spell of weather, Scottish Canals are unable to offer passage to vessels with a draught over 2mtr from Monday 19th July until further notice.

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