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Crinan Canal

The Crinan Canal runs from Crinan to Ardrishaig.

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Key statistics

9 miles

(14.5 km)

The length of the Crinan Canal.

15 locks

+ 6 swing bridges

Can be found along the length of the Crinan Canal.



Although the canal was completed in 1809.

Crinan to Ardrishaig

The Crinan Canal provides a connection between the Firth of Clyde and the Western Isles – avoiding a long journey round the Kintyre Peninsular.

Government policy to open up the Highlands after the 1745 rebellion resulted in surveys for a canal across the Kintyre peninsula. Work proceeded slowly due to a shortage of labour. Although it was not finished, the canal was opened in 1801. Work continued and it was declared satisfactory eight years later.

Waterway notes

Navigation notes

Maximum boat sizes:

  • Length: 88′ (26.8 metres)
  • Beam: 20′ (6.1 metres)
  • Height: 95′ (28.9 metres)
  • Draught: 9′ 6″ (2.9 metres)

Navigation authority

Scottish Canals

Waterway news

Funding of waterways managed by the Environment Agency

Along with its many environmental responsibilities, the Environment Agency manages the navigation of 630 miles of waterways – such as the River Thames and the River Medway in the south east – and many waterways in the Anglian Region.

Funding of Scottish Canals

150 miles of canal in Scotland are managed by Scottish Canals, the name for what remains of the British Waterways Board after their waterways in England and Wales were transferred to Canal & River Trust in 2012.