Crinan Canal :: Shared Description

The Crinan Canal provides a shortcut for vessels between the Clyde and the West of Scotland that avoids the long, and often dangerous, route around the Mull of Kintyre. The canal runs between Ardrishaig on Loch Gilp, an arm of Loch Fyne, and Crinan giving access to the waters of the west coast.
The original proposals for such a canal date from the late 18th Century, and John Rennie was the civil engineer appointed to the project. Work was started in 1794 but was fraught with difficulties due to the terrain. After destructive floods and repairs, the canal opened in 1809 and was substantially repaired by Thomas Telford by 1817.
The canal has 15 locks (16, if you include the bar at the Crinan Hotel) and reaches its summit at Cairnbaan. The canal is supplied with water by a network of dammed lochs in the Knapdale forest. The harbours at Ardrishaig and Crinan are managed by British Waterways, who assumed responsibility for the canal in 1962. The sea lock at Crinan remains permanently open outside manned hours as a refuge for mariners.
The canal is now mainly used by leisure craft, although smaller naval vessels have been seen to pass through, as well as the preserved puffer VIC 32, which is based at Crinan. The length of the canal is enjoyed by walkers and cyclists, and provides an excellent vantage point to view the National Nature Reserve at Moine Mhor.
The harbours at either end retain commercial uses, with fishing vessels at Crinan and timber boats carrying away Argyll’s sitka spruce logs from Ardrishaig.
by Patrick Mackie
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NR7992 : Banks of the Crinan Canal at Bellanoch by Patrick Mackie
NR8291 : Crinan Canal - Lock No 9 by John M
NR8390 : Crinan Canal - Lock No 7 by John M
NR8291 : Crinan Canal - Lock No 10 by John M
NR8587 : Crinan Canal - Water Wastage Structure by John M
NR7894 : Lazy Dazy - Crinan Canal Basin by The Carlisle Kid
NR7993 : Thanks for reading by Patrick Mackie
NR7894 : Auld Reekie by The Carlisle Kid
NR7992 : Crinan Canal by Patrick Mackie
NR8390 : Crinan Canal - Lock No 5 by John M
NR8191 : Crinan Canal - Lock No 12 by John M
NR7894 : Lighthouse - Crinan by The Carlisle Kid
NR8291 : Crinan Canal - Lock No 10 by John M
NR8585 : Crinan Canal - Lock No 1 and Ardrishaig harbour by John M
NR7894 : Arran Comrades at Crinan (1) by The Carlisle Kid
NR8092 : Landing stage on the Crinan Canal by Patrick Mackie
NR8588 : Crinan Canal near Lochgilphead by John M
NR8585 : Moving to the canal basin by The Carlisle Kid
NR7993 : Bluebells on the banks of the Crinan Canal by Patrick Mackie
NR8191 : Crinan Canal - Lock No 12 by John M
NR7894 : Crinan Canal Basin - Crinan by The Carlisle Kid
NR7993 : Defending his nest by Patrick Mackie
NR7993 : Milestone on the Crinan Canal by Patrick Mackie
NR8092 : Crinan Canal by Patrick Mackie
NR8390 : Crinan Canal - Lock No 6 by John M

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Created: Sat, 2 Jun 2012, Updated: Sat, 2 Jun 2012

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