Just paddle - Crinan Canal
Discover popular launch points, scenic highlights, and the diverse paddling experiences offered by each canal, allowing you to plan your own unforgettable journey on these historic waterways.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Crinan Canal as you embark on a paddling adventure like no other. Navigate the picturesque waterway, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and enchanting wildlife. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned paddler, the Crinan Canal offers a captivating experience that will leave you in awe of its natural splendor.
At only 9 miles long, it’s sheltered waters make it an ideal place for beginners and more experienced paddlers to enjoy. Take advantage of the long uninterrupted stretches between locks 4 and 5 and locks 13 and 14, or join the Argyll Sea Kayak Trail at Crinan or Ardrishaig for a sea kayaking adventure along the beautiful coastline.
The Crinan Canal runs from Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne to Crinan on the west coast of Scotland, and offers stunning scenery and a range of paddling experiences. Some popular launch points include:
- Cairnbaan, near Lochgilphead
- Bellanoch, near Kilmartin
- Crinan, at the western end of the canal
It's important to note that the canal has several locks and swing bridges that may require portaging or coordination with lock keepers. There may also be restrictions on certain sections of the canal during maintenance or events. Please visit our section on bridges and locks for more information.
Stay safe - Etiquette and best practice
We want you to enjoy paddling on our canals safely. Here’s how.
Your local waterway office
Crinan Canal Office
Argyll, PA30 8DZ
Tel: 01546 60321
Register your trip
To register, simply fill out the form below. We’ll be in touch by email if we need any more information.Register here
Where to rent equipment
Find guided trips, equipment hire and shuttle services for paddling on Scotland's Canals.Paddle hire
Disruptions on the canal
Please refer to the “Ongoing work” section of the website for details of winter closures for maintenance work.Ongoing works
Once you have finished exploring the canals, how about taking on a sea kayaking adventure