The Crinan Canal Linear Walk

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The towpath starts from the car park at Ardrishaig and follows the canal as it makes its way through the Argyllshire countryside. You start the walk at Lock 2. This section is quiet and serene, the occasional boat adding significantly to the interest. At this point as you walk along the tree-lined canal towpath, most of the scenery is on the right side, with views over Loch Fyne and the nearby town of Lochgilphead. As you approach Lock 5 at Cairnbann the scenery starts to change as you turn inland. Lock 5 is a good place to stop for a break. This lock is normally very busy and provides a lot of interest; there is also a public toilet across the bridge. On leaving Cairnbann there are rows of pretty cottages with beautiful gardens. As you approach Belanoch swing-bridge the wide valley over the River Add opens up before you (there are more public toilets here). This is the high point on the canal. There is an interesting berthing area (a sort of gathering area). As you continue you will pass the Crinan Bridge; the ferry has long gone. After a short distance you will see the artist's caravan on the opposite bank. This is a fantastic section with great views towards Loch Crinan. You are now approaching Crinan Basin; the canal takes a tight bend and Crinan Basin is now in view. Cross the lock and visit the attractive coffee shop.

Scotland - Central Scotland - Argyll and Bute - Argyll Forest Park


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Good for Wheelchairs, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Tea Shop, Toilets