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Along the Crinan canal

A moderate walk (canal) starting and finishing in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, about 12.66km (7.87 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:00. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 20m (65ft)
Loss 51m (167ft)
Max. Elevation 70m (229ft)
Elevation (total) 71m (232ft)
Start
Crinan
End
Ardrishaig, Lochgilphead, Argyll, Scotland
Distance 12.66km
(7.87mi)
Duration ~3:00
Difficulty  
Moderate
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 18 Jan 2012
This walk follows an ancient canal built to connect Loch Fyne with the Sound of Jura. It passes through beautiful forested countryside and with easy navigation you can relax and focus on the surrounds. The main transport hub is Lochgilphead, which is connected to Glasgow. Buses from here head to Crinan at the start of the walk, but there are only two a day so make sure you check the times. I found this walk in the Ramblers winter magazine.

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Waypoints

OS Grid NR785941
Start the walk at Crinan. Buses run here from Lochgilphead. The canal begins at the town, on the northern edge. Pick up the towpath that runs on the northern side of the canal.
Crinan Ferry About 0.99 km (~0.62 miles) from
OS Grid NR790932
The path follows the canal heading southeast, with forest on the southern side and the Argyll countryside on the northern.
Bellanoch About 1.64 km (~1.02 miles) from
OS Grid NR804924
Head past the marina near Bellanoch.
Along the path About 1.11 km (~0.69 miles) from
OS Grid NR812916
Follow the canal while admiring the surrounds. To the north is Moine Mhor nature reserve.
Dunardry About 0.81 km (~0.5 miles) from
OS Grid NR819912
At Dunardry, the canal begins a series of locks, as the canal rises slightly.
Cairnbaan About 1.97 km (~1.22 miles) from
OS Grid NR839908
Next stop Cairnbaan, where there is a hotel for lunch if you should fancy: www.cairnbaan.com
Lochgilphead About 2.94 km (~1.83 miles) from
OS Grid NR858885
The canal reaches Lochgilphead, where you can end the walk if you like. Buses back towards Glasgow head from here, and you can pass the time sitting on the lochside. For those who like completion, continue along the canal path.
Ardrishaig About 3.20 km (~1.99 miles) from
OS Grid NR851854
The canal ends at Ardrishaig on Loch Gilp. You can retrace your steps from here, or catch a bus to Lochgilphead.

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