Number of views as of 26th July 2014 = 300.

The Crinan Canal starts at Ardrishaig (near Lochgilphead) on Loch Fyne, and ends nine miles away at Crinan on the Sound of Jura. It was designed to provide a quick link between the west coast and islands at one end and the Clyde Estuary at the other, and so avoid the long voyage around the southern end of the Kintyre Peninsula.

This picture shows the lighthouse at the Crinan end of the canal.

Work started on the canal in 1794 and it was opened in 1801: two years late, significantly over-budget, and not properly finished. Early problems with water levels and collapsing locks and reservoirs led to parts of the canal being redesigned in 1816. The locks were again reconstructed and deepened in the 1930s, and the canal became the responsibility of British Waterways in 1962.

In the nine miles from Ardrishaig to Crinan there are 15 locks and the canal reaches a height of 65 feet above sea level. Every time a boat goes through the locks about 300,000 litres of water are used. No fewer than seven reservoirs feed the summit reach to ensure that the Crinan Canal does not run dry.

Every year two to three thousand vessels, mostly pleasure craft, use the canal. This is a far cry from the early days when the canal formed a vital link in Scotland’s transport system. Until the coming of the railways, the fastest way to travel between Glasgow and Inverness was by steamer using the Crinan Canal and the Caledonian Canal, usually calling at Oban en route.

Behind the lighthouse is the Crinan Hotel, renowned for its world class seafood restaurant serving Scottish seafood, the freshest of shellfish and the best of Scotland’s meat and cheese. The restaurant at Crinan has won many awards and top reviews for its outstanding cuisine.

Date: 22nd August 2008.

Click here to see Lismore lighthouse

Click here to see the White House at Crinan


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The name RedHillDigital comes from the area where I live (Redhill, in the town of Bournemouth, in the county of Dorset on the South Coast of England), plus my interest in Digital photography.

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  • frogster
    frogsteralmost 6 years ago

    What a beautiful scene, lovey place I would like to vist.

  • You’re not wrong there, Larry. They say the best time to visit Scotland is May or September. Book that flight, unless you were planning on sailing across the Atlantic!

    – RedHillDigital

  • Thanks for the favourite by the way!

    – RedHillDigital

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 6 years ago

    A gorgeous place and beautiful shot.

  • Thanks Irene, it is a lovely spot.

    – RedHillDigital

  • David Smith
    David Smithalmost 6 years ago

    What else have i missed in my travels Howard you are like a gardner with a green thumb,every thing you point your camera at leaps out at you excellent shot

  • LOL, not quite everything Dave, you’re only seeing the good stuff!

    – RedHillDigital

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 6 years ago

    Lovely scene …

  • Cheers!

    – RedHillDigital

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