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)]|
|[Crinan Harbour from the west (January 2018)]|