The Crinan Canal between Crinan and Ardrishaig in Argyll in the west of Scotland is operated by Scottish Canals. The canal takes its name from the village of Crinan at its westerly end. Nine miles (14 km) long, it connects the village of Ardrishaig on Loch Gilp with the Sound of Jura, providing a navigable route between the Clyde and the Inner Hebrides, without the need for a long diversion around the Kintyre peninsula, and in particular the exposed Mull of Kintyre. The canal is 10 ft (3.0 m) deep and has essentially no height limit.
The canal was built for commercial sailing vessels and later Clyde puffers to travel between the industrialised region around Glasgow to the West Highland villages and islands. It was designed by civil engineer John Rennie and work started in 1794, but not completed until 1801, two years later than planned. Problems, particularly with the locks, meant that some parts of the canal had to be redesigned - a task that fell to Thomas Telford in 1816. The locks were again reconstructed and deepened in the 1930s, and the canal became the responsibility of British Waterways in 1962.
Today it is a popular route for leisure craft between the Firth of Clyde and the west coast of Scotland, used by nearly 2,000 boats annually. The towpath is part of National Cycle Network route 78, which links Campbeltown, Oban, Fort William and Inverness.
|Lock 1 (sea lock)||Ardrishaig||Lock|
|Ardrishaig Swing Bridge||Ardrishaig||Swing bridge|
|Lock 4 Bridge||Ardrishaig||Swing bridge|
|Oakfield Bridge||Lochgilphead||Swing bridge|
|Cairnbaan Bridge||Cairnbaan||Swing bridge|
|Dunardry Bridge||Dunardry||Moveable bridge|
|Bellanoch Bridge||Bellanoch||Swing bridge|
|Crinan Bridge||Crinan||Swing bridge|
|Lock 15 (sea lock)||Crinan||Lock|
There is a song which was sung by Dan MacPhail of the Vital Spark -
- The Crinan Canal for me
- I don't like the wild raging sea
- Them big foamin' breakers
- Wad gie ye the shakers
- The Crinan Canal for me.
- Lindsey, Jean (1968) The Canals of Scotland, The Canals of the British Isles 8, Newton Abbot : David & Charles, ISBN 0-7153-4240-1
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