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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NR7894 : Crinan Lighthouse by John M
NR8390 : Crinan Canal - Lock No 8 by John M
NR8585 : Crinan Canal - Lock No 3 by John M
NR7894 : VIC32 in the canal basin, Crinan by The Carlisle Kid
NR8291 : Crinan Canal - Lock No 9 by John M
NR8585 : Crinan Canal - Lock No 2 and Ardrishaig Basin by John M
NR8585 : The ship's dog by The Carlisle Kid
NR7894 : Arran Comrades at Crinan (2) by The Carlisle Kid
NR8585 : Crinan Canal - Lock No 1 by John M
NR7894 : Atlantia at Crinan by The Carlisle Kid
NR8092 : Crinan Canal by Patrick Mackie
NR8092 : Crinan Canal by Patrick Mackie
NR8092 : Crinan Canal - Bellanoch Swing Bridge by John M
NR8191 : Crinan Canal - Lock No 11 by John M
NR8092 : Bellanoch Bridge by Patrick Mackie
NR7894 : Crinan Canal - Lock No 15 by John M
NR8390 : Crinan Canal - Lock No 6 by John M
NR7994 : Crinan Canal by John M
NR7993 : Crinan Bridge Cottage across the Add estuary by Patrick Mackie
NR8191 : Crinan Canal - Lock No 13 by John M
NR8585 : Working the lock by The Carlisle Kid
NR8490 : Crinan Canal - Approaching Cairnbaan by John M
NR8585 : Arran Comrades heads to sea by The Carlisle Kid
NR8290 : Crinan Canal - Cairnbaan Cottages by John M
NR7994 : Crinan Canal - Overflow structure by John M

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

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