Calling all History and Waterworks lovers! Do you love canals? The Crinan Canal has a vast amount of Harbours and Locks along its trail. You can walk or cycle along this fascinating canal, soaking up all the history this place has to offer. Crinan Canal gives visitors an insight into a different time, demonstrating how our ancestors got to and from different parts of the same country. Who knows you might even witness a Steamboat in action! So come on down and immerse yourself in this area’s fascinating history.

How do I get to the Crinan Canal?

Of course, you can travel to Crinan along the canal on a boat. Although the most convenient way to travel from Glasgow would be to follow the A82 past Dumbarton along Loch Lomond to Tarbert. Then when you reach Lochgilphead, follow signs for Oban and then follow signs for Crinan.

The impact canals have had in Britain has been hugely influential to trade, commerce and the daily lives of people throughout history. For a period of time, this was the preferred and easiest way to transport goods and travel to and from towns and cities. One of the most interesting canals in Scotland and Argyll and Bute is Crinan Canal. This canal runs from Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne and ends just nine miles away from Crinan on the Sound of Jura. It was built to provide quick transport from Islands and the West coast to the Clyde Estuary.

  • Maintained by Scottish Canals
  • Beautiful wildlife along the way
  • Paddling, sailing and fishing
  • No admission fee
  • Great family day out

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