At only nine 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 route

Download our handy map to help plan your paddle along the Crinan Canal section of the Argyll Sea kayak trail. Our information panels will also give you lots of useful information and ideas along the route.

View The Argyll Sea Kayak Trail map

Trail safety

To help ensure you have a safe and enjoyable paddle on the Glasgow to Edinburgh Canoe Trail, we ask you to respect the canals as you would do any body of water and to familiarise yourself with the following safety advice. You can fine out more by going to our Paddling - Etiquette and best practice page.

Register your trip

We recommend that all paddlers visiting the Scottish Canals register with us in advance, so we can keep track of all watercrafts on our canals for safety reasons.

Further information


Crinan Canal

Opening Hours




Useful information

Your safety on and off the water should be your most important consideration. Take some time to read our important safety information when planning your trip.

Disruptions on the canal

Please refer to the “Ongoing work” section of the website for details of winter closures for maintenance work.

Ongoing works

Paddling activity providers

Find guided trips, equipment hire and shuttle services for paddling on Scotland's Canals.