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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 canal is a haven for wildlife. Keep an eye out for herons and otters in and around the canal and dolphins as the canal enters the Sound of Jura at Crinan.

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 shoreline 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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