Did You Know?
- Crinan Canal, Argyll
Before the Crinan Canal was built, ships travelling from the Clyde to the west coast and the Hebrides had to travel an extra 130 miles round the dangerous long finger of the Kintyre peninsula.
The Crinan Canal runs between Ardrishaig and Crinan and is nine miles long, rising by locks to a maximum height of 64ft.
It opened in 1801 and was used not just for transporting commercial goods but also by fishing boats and a daily passenger service.
A special steamer was built to carry passengers from one end of the canal to the other - though it travelled so slowly many passengers walked alongside instead.
Today the canal is used by private yachts and launches.
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