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Canals The Crinan Canal

Scottish Canals

THE Crinan Canal is known as Scotland’s most beauti ful shortcut and was a feat of engineering and design when it was built in the late 18th and early 19th century.

It runs between Ardrishaig and Crinan and was created as a shortcut between the Clyde and the Inner Hebrides.

The area was first surveyed by James Watt in 1771 and work finally began in 1794. It opened in 1801, two years later than planned, although it wasn’t yet complete.

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