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The 9 mile long Crinan Canal runs from Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne to Crinan on the Sound of Jura. It provides a short cut between the Clyde Estuary and the west coast and its islands, avoiding the long trip round the Mull of Kintyre. It has 15 locks and 7 opening bridges.

Position 56° 00.77'N, 05° 26.55'W (Ardrishaig entrance)

Docking

Boats transiting this canal can be subject to safety checks on gas, fuel and electrical installations. Third party insurance of 1 million pounds sterling is required. With a normal crew of 3 or 4, the journey can be completed in about 6 hours, if necessary, but with its wonderful scenery, it is worth lingering a little longer.

It is open seven days per week in peak season and Monday to Friday during the winter.

Usual Lock Opening Hours:-

Spring

All Locks - 08:30 to 16:30 hours, Monday to Friday (Lunch Break - 30 minutes)

Summer Sea Locks, Lock 14 and Crinan Bridge 0600 to 2000, Monday to Sunday

Inland locks -08:30 - 19:30pm, Monday to Sunday (Please note a meal break will be taken between 17:30 and 1800)

Autumn All Locks - 08:30 to 16:30, Monday to Saturday (Lunch Break - 30 minutes)

Winter All Locks - 08:30 to 15:30pm, Monday to Friday (Lunch Break - 30 minutes)

For all seasons please note last locking will commence 30 minutes prior to close.

A useful site for getting uptodate information of lock times and any closures.

Ardrishaig Harbour
Tel:+44 (0)1546 603 210
Opening hours: Monday - Friday
Ardrishaig Sea Lock
Tel:+44 (0)1546 602 458 ,VHF Channel 16, 74
There is a waiting pontoon (usable in good weather) outside the lock if the lock is not open (which it usually is). Can anchor in Lock Gilp. Do not berth on the pier.
Bellanoch Marina
British Waterways Canal Office , Pier Squar, Ardrishaig , Argyll, Scotland, PA30 8DZ
Tel:+44(0)1546 603210 Fax:+44(0)1546 603941
Fully serviced pontoons. 67 berths with visitors berths. Toilets/showers. Chandlery, Boat storage, boatyard. Bar/restaurant.
Cairnbaan
Lock 6 / 7
Water, electricity, toilets, showers, restautant, bar. At Lock 8 there is a provision store.
Crinan Basin
Lock 14
Berthing, Water, electricity, restaurant, bar.
Crinan Boatyard Ltd
Crinan , Lochgilphead , Argyll PA31 8SW
Tel:+44(01546 830232 Fax:+44(0)1546 830281
Situated on the Argyll coast near the Western end of the Crinan Canal - about 7 miles north of Lochgilphead and 35 miles south of Oban by road. Services and facilities for the commercial, government and pleasure markets. Chandlery providing an extensive range of spares, safety equipment, clothing and much more. Diesel fuel, LP gas, water, showers and laundry facilities. The main slip capacity is 100 tonnes. Independent hydraulic cradle for vessels up to 20 tonnes. A large modern shed allows work to be carried out under cover throughout the year. Skilled craftsmen can be relied upon to resolve nearly any marine problem. CORGI registered. Approved agents for Yamaha Marine Outboard and Inboard engines/registered agents for Volvo Penta/approved installers for Beta Marine engines. Winter storage and summer moorings are also available.
Crinan Canal Office
Pier Square, , Ardrishaig , Argyll, PA30 8DZ
Tel:+44 (0)1546 603 210 Fax:+44(0)1546 603941
Opening hours: Monday/Friday
There are several berthing places along the canal.
No black waste must be discharged into the canal, but there are no pump-out facilities along its length.
Crinan Sea Lock
Tel:+44 (0)1546 830 285 ,VHF Channel 16, 74
Dunardry
Water, showers and toilets.

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