Crinan doesn't really fit with the Argyll stereotype. A far cry from rough, rugged hills and remote forest (though there's plenty of that nearby), the tiny village has a quietly refined feel as a result of the Crinan Canal, which enters the Sound of Jura here on the Atlantic side of its 9-mile journey. With a population of under 100 it's unlikely to hold your attention for hours, but the sheltered canal basin is a lovely place to wander around on a sunny day, perhaps watching the odd boat navigate the locks on either side. Just along the coast to the west is a separate harbour with its own row of houses: less commercialised, and the launchpad for walks into the wooded terrain beyond.

[View from Crinan Harbour (January 2018)]

Name: Crinan ★☆☆
Location: G.R.: NR 788944 ///scope.brass.masts
Anything else? The car park next to the canal now has a charge, but there's free alternative parking nearby, and at the harbour.

[Crinan Hotel & locks (January 2018)]

Within walking distance

>> see separate post for Walk: Takin' a lichen to Castle Dounie ★★★☆☆

[Castle Dounie (January 2018)]

[Crinan Canal lock (January 2018)]

[Canal basin (January 2018)]

[Baby lighthouse (January 2018)]

[Canal basin]

[Crinan Harbour from the west (January 2018)] 


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