Immerse yourself in Crinan

Every year nearly 2,000 boats make the journey along the nine miles of ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut’ – the Crinan Canal. Opening in 1801, it linked Loch Fyne at Ardrishaig with the Sound of Jura at Crinan, cutting out the long and treacherous journey around the Mull of Kintyre. Today, its towpath makes for a wonderful walk, cycle or kayak.

The surrounding countryside is stunning and rich in history. You’ll find ancient sites, rock art and forts not far from the towpath. There’s a magical network of paths, towpaths and shorelines to explore. You can climb high through the forest above the sea at Crinan to give stunning views of Jura, Scarba and the Argyll coastline.

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Why the Crinan Canal's for you!

Crinan Canal, ‘Britain's most beautiful shortcut’ isn’t just for boats. The towpath makes for a fabulous walk, jog or cycle ride too. Here’s why the Crinan Canal’s for you.

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Getting Here

Travel to Inveraray and onwards to Kilmartin by car or bus via the A82 and then the A83. Alternatively, travel via the A85 and then south after Dalmally to Inveraray, or go as far as Oban and then follow the A816 southwards to Kilmartin. Check out West Coast Motors for more details.

You can also catch the ferry connection from Arran or Cowal to Kintyre and northwards to the Heart of Argyll with Calmac Ferries.