Scotland is a place of constant movement. As the seasons change, so too do the types of activities you can participate in. Staying at Brambles in the autumn means that you’re not far away from some of the country’s most beautiful and fascinating vacation experiences. Just a short trip down the A83 is where you’ll find the Crinan Canal, one of the country’s most scenic waterways.
Variety is the Word of the Day
The Crinan Canal is 9 miles long and can be experienced in several different ways, making it a great one-stop destination for any visitor. Whether you’re boating, paddling, walking, running, fishing or cycling, there is something for all members of the family at the Crinan Canal.
See it by Boat
There are many ways to see the Crinan Canal by boat. In the summer, free tours are available, as is the Crinan Canal Tour. You can also see it by kayak with a solo or guided tour. The canal is part of the Argyll Sea Kayak Trail, offering breath-taking coastal views for both beginner and seasoned kayaker. The Skipper’s Guide is available as a free download and contains all of the information you’ll need to enjoy your boating experience at the Crinan Canal, including places of interest along the way.
See it by Boot
Walking and running are both very popular activities at the Crinan Canal. Running its length, walkers and runners alike will have an easy time on these towpaths, regardless of the season. Of course, you’ll want to ensure that you’ve prepared for the weather, especially during the chilly temperatures and damp air of Scotland’s autumn season.
See it by Bike
Cyclists will love the paths along the canal’s 9 mile stretch. If you’re taking the family on a group cycle up and down the canal, you have two choices; the towpath for walkers, or the main road. Either provides a lovely and leisurely way to see the Canal. Those wishing to cycle here can hire a bike at very reasonable rates starting at just £8.
Fish the Canal
The Crinan Canal is well-known for its excellent fly fishing. Those who fish the canal can expect trout and salmon. If you’re looking to spend some time fishing on the canal, you’ll be happy to know that there are no fishing licences required; all they ask is that you mind other waterway users. Typically, the areas best for fishing are between locks 9 and 13, so expect heavy occupancy during peak usage days and times.
If it seems as though the good spots are crowded, you have another option; fishing the canal’s reservoirs. You’ll find wild and stocked fish depending where you go, and you will need to purchase a licence for reservoir fishing, which is only £6 per day.
The Crinan Canal and others in the Scottish Canal Network are undergoing regeneration of all kinds. Canal-side heritage cottages are being restored, new projects are being undertaken, and needed repairs are being made to make the Crinan Canal a place where all families can enjoy their time.
Brambles is your Home away from Home
When you’re all done with enjoying the Crinan Canal, it’s home to Brambles of Inveraray. Relax in your luxurious room and review the photos you took, or discuss your holiday’s next stops over a delicious dinner that’s been prepared for you with fresh local ingredients. Discover more about what Brambles has in store for you by reviewing online booking options. You can also get in touch with us on +44 (0) 302 252 to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff.