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TITLE
Crinan Canal Locks
EXTERNAL ID
PC_WDOWNIE_010
PLACENAME
Crinan Canal
DISTRICT
Mid Argyll
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: North Knapdale
SOURCE
W Downie
ASSET ID
30189
KEYWORDS
canals
Crinan Canal Locks

The Crinan Canal runs from Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne to Crinan of the Sound of Jura. It was designed to link the west coast and islands to the Clyde estuary, avoiding the long trip around the south tip of the Kintyre peninsula. Work was started on the canal in 1794 under the engineer John Rennie. It opened in 1801, two years late, over budget and poorly finished. Numerous problems led to Thomas Telford being asked to redesign parts of the canal in 1816.

There are 15 locks along its nine mile length and the canal reaches a height of 65ft above sea level. Because it is open to the sea at both ends the canal is subject to tides and water loss can be considerable. To ensure the canal does not run dry as it gets higher it is fed by seven reservoirs.

The Crinan Canal became the responsibility of British Waterways in 1962 and between 2000 and 3000 vessels, mostly pleasure craft, use it each year

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Crinan Canal Locks

ARGYLL: North Knapdale

canals

W Downie

The Crinan Canal runs from Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne to Crinan of the Sound of Jura. It was designed to link the west coast and islands to the Clyde estuary, avoiding the long trip around the south tip of the Kintyre peninsula. Work was started on the canal in 1794 under the engineer John Rennie. It opened in 1801, two years late, over budget and poorly finished. Numerous problems led to Thomas Telford being asked to redesign parts of the canal in 1816. <br /> <br /> There are 15 locks along its nine mile length and the canal reaches a height of 65ft above sea level. Because it is open to the sea at both ends the canal is subject to tides and water loss can be considerable. To ensure the canal does not run dry as it gets higher it is fed by seven reservoirs. <br /> <br /> The Crinan Canal became the responsibility of British Waterways in 1962 and between 2000 and 3000 vessels, mostly pleasure craft, use it each year