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Crinan Canal

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Outstanding natural beauty and tranquil location.

Always heard about this canal and have wanted to transit it for years. It was GREAT. Staff were so helpful and nice it was a pleasure Cannot rate this highly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2016
keith l
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful canal with some manned locks and swing bridges but expensive. £106 for our 29 ft boat and the facilities at Cairnbaan, where we moored up overnight, were terrible. Both showers (there were only 2 here) were broken and did not work so we had to stay unwashed. However the meal at the Cairnbaan Hotel was perfect so made up... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Always heard about this canal and have wanted to transit it for years. It was GREAT. Staff were so helpful and nice it was a pleasure Cannot rate this highly enough Especially the staff at the entrance at the Crinan basin. Helpful, nice, attentive, advise .... Really so nice to see and be a part of.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Love this canal my favourite place very friendly staff coffee shop lovely very good service I go there every year love watching the boat coming in

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Thank Elizabeth B
Reay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Enjoyed wandering along the tow path and seeing the locks being operated. The north end of the canal at Crinan Bay was well worth the run down to it. In the words of the song, "Boats are going by, di de oooo."

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Thank Liz R
Ayr, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

We recently explored this area and were not disappointed, what a lovely place, we talked about how we would love to go back and cycle along the canal. Recommended

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Thank helenmoore2015
West Sussex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

More than 200 years old, the canal is still an impressive engineering feat and still much used today. There is a real charm to the waterway as it hugs the contours close to the shore. The towpath is wide and easy walking. At Crinan, there is a good cafe and a hotel. Time goes watching the boats slowly navigate the... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Take a short or longer walk along the towpath, from say, Cairnbaan or even Lochgilphead towards Crinan itself....the sea on one side and the Canal on the other. Stunning scenery. We take the bus to Crinan from Lochgilphead and walk back. There is cafe at the Crinan end and a Hotel at Cairnbaan...check out the map. You could do this... More 

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Lancashire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

The whole Crinan Canal can be walked easily, or you can drop in at various points en route. It's full of character, as most canals are, but knowing a little about its story and history helps appreciate it and the reason why it was constructed. The majority of the locks are clustered west of Cairnbaan, and it's enjoyable just to... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

We love canals and so as we were passing we decided to visit. It is a beautiful Canal. Walk, cycle or take a boat. There is a great coffee shop at Crinan.

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Ardrishaig, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

The drive along most of the length of the canal from Ardrishaig to Crinan basin is a hidden gem.Well worth a detour to experience.On a good day Crinan is a wonderful scenic place for memorable photographs.

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