Lochgilphead to Crinan

Route Details

  • From - to: Lochgilphead to Crinan
  • Distance: 6.5 miles
  • TerrainTraffic-free route, mixed surfaces
  • National Cycle Network: Route 78

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Route Description

Join the towpath by Lochgilphead and turn right to cycle through lush countryside. At Cairnbaan, there’s the first in a series of locks. To the north of the village lies Kilmartin Glen which contains hundreds of Cup and Ring marked stones, chambered cairns and stone circles dating from Neolithic/Bronze Age times. Continue on the canal by Móine Mhór (The Great Bog) to reach the attractive harbour at Crinan.

This is a short section of the Oban to Campbeltown section of the very much longer Caledonia Way (National Route 78) route.

Things to see and do

Natural attractions:

  • Loch Gilp
  • Kilmartin Glen
  • Móine Mhór
  • Loch Crinan

Visitor attractions:

  • Crinan Canal
  • Lochgilphead
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The shipping shortcut of the west coast, the Crinan Canal, is a delight for cyclists of all ages. Dark peaty waters fill this wide canal which links the Atlantic with Loch Fyne.

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