The Crinan Canal

Revelling in the title of "Britain's most beautiful shortcut" you would be hard pressed to find a more picturesque strech of water than the Crinan Canal. Ar just nine miles long it links Loch Fyne at Ardrishaig with the Sound of Jura, creating a apthway for shipping through the Kintyre penisula on their way to the Western Isles.

The Crinan Canal is both an engineering marvel and an idyllic part of Argyll & Bute. Every year, two to three thousand vessels, mostly pleasure craft, pass through this canal. But you don't need a boat to appreciate what it has to offer. Visitors can watch boats negotiating the 15 locks along the canal, or perhaps walk or cycle along the towpath, enjoying the tranquility plus the breathtaking scenery to be found in this part of the west coast.

Passing through ideal walking country, for example the stunning walks from Dunardy to Dunans, the entire canal is an enjoyable walk in its own right. A continuous footpath runs from the sea lock at Ardrishaig through to the sea lock at Crinan - a panoramic nine mile route.

Greener energy

Barmolloch Cottages is adding solar panels for greener energy production.

Scottish Beavers 

In 2009 beavers were released into the lochs in the Knapdale area and a beaver spotting route has been set up in the area around Loch Coille Bhar.

Follow the link for more information Beavers.

Kilmartin Museum