Crinan Canal Restrictions

Update 27 July

With the ongoing warm weather, Scottish Canals is continuing to closely monitor water levels on the Crinan Canal as well as the long term weather forecast. No new restrictions are required at this time but please note as the warm weather continues without significant levels of rainfall we may need to close the Crinan Canal to transits in the near future. In the event of this a seven day notice period will be given. Please check-back regularly for updates.


Update 20 July

Restrictions of sea locks operation to high tide

Due to the continuing dry weather and its impact on reservoir levels we are now further restricting the operation of the sea locks to within one hour either side of high tide. In addition we can now only offer passage to vessels with a draught of 1.8m and below.

This restriction will be in place for the next seven days and will help us to preserve the depleting water levels, delaying closure of the canal at this time.

This is a final measure following earlier restrictions which were put in place due to the continued dry weather.

Scottish Canals is continuing to monitor the long term forecast and the effects of these restrictions on the water levels. We are putting plans in place should water levels deplete beyond acceptable levels and will provide an update next week.

Please also note that we are continuing to implement the minimum two boats per lock in for water conservation this may cause delays of up to and over one hour, we would appreciate your understanding and patience as we seek to take all steps we can to keep boats moving on the canal.

Tide Times 2018 (XLSX; 13KB)

Crinan Locking Times (PDF; 205kb)


Update 17 July

Low tide locking at Sea Locks

Due to the continuing dry weather and its impact on reservoir levels, we need to avoid operating the Sea Locks at low water to reduce the volume required to fill the lock.

We will therefore not be able to operate the sea locks for one hour either side of low water. We again apologise for the inconvenience but feel it is a necessary step to ensure continued operation of the canal this summer.


4 July

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 may be required to hold single vessels for a short period to make effective use of the lock. Where a single craft “splits” from a group that vessel may also be held for a period to join another locking.

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 2.2m.

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