Argyll & Bute | Village | ★★★


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 (10/1/18)]

Location & info

📌 Crinan ★★★
Argyll & Bute, G.R.: NR 788944 ///scope.brass.masts

🚶 Besides the local walks and scenery, a car is necessary to reach most other nearby attractions.
🚌 Buses arrive from Lochgilphead once in a blue moon - check timetables carefully. Lochgilphead or Kilmartin make better bases.
🚗 The car park next to the canal has a charge, but there's a free car park at the harbour and street parking elsewhere.

See & do (<1 mi away)

>> Walk: Takin' a lichen to Castle Dounie ★★★

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Duntrune Garden ★★★ (1 mi ↑)
>> Dunadd Fort ★★★ (3 mi →)
>> Kilmartin Glen Cairns page: Dunchraigaig Cairn ★★; Nether Largie South Cairn ★★; Ri Cruin Cairn ★★ (3 mi →)
>> Kilmartin Glen Rock Art page: Baluachraig Rock Art (3 mi →)
>> Kilmartin Glen Stones page: Nether Largie Standing Stones ★★★; Temple Wood Stone Circle(s) ★★★ (3 mi →)
>> Walk: Canal side to Cruach Mor (3 mi →)

[Crinan Hotel & locks (10/1/18)]

[Castle Dounie (10/1/18)]

[Crinan Canal lock (10/1/18)]

[Canal basin (10/1/18)]

[Baby lighthouse (10/1/18)]

[Canal basin]

[Crinan Harbour from the west (10/1/18)]


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