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Crinan Canal

This was constructed in the late 18th century to cut out the long detour around the Mull of Kintyre for ships from the Clyde going northwards. It was beset with engineering difficulties, but still had a working life before being taken over by leisure craft. There is still one of the few "Clyde Puffers" awiting restoration at the Crinan end; these were the "workhorse coasters".
sun setting over Crinan
sun setting over Crinan
entrance lock from Loch Fyne at Ardrishaig
entrance lock from Loch Fyne at Ardrishaig
bridge at Lochgilphead
bridge at Lochgilphead
uppermost lock just below feed reservoir
uppermost lock just below feed reservoir
detail of upper lock; these had to be re-built by Telford in 1816
detail of upper lock; these had to be re-built by Telford in 1816
modern yachts in the Crinan basin
modern yachts in the Crinan basin
a working trawler
a working trawler
Clyde Puffer - one of only a few remaining
Clyde "Puffer" - one of only a few remaining
the exit lock to the sea at Crinan
the exit lock to the sea at Crinan
Crinan basin
Crinan basin
reflections in the Crinan canal - see canals gallery for locks and shipping
reflections in the Crinan canal - see canals gallery for locks and shipping
Loch Fyne - basin outside Crinan canal
Loch Fyne - basin outside Crinan canal