Ardrishaig, Argyll & the Isles, West Scotland

The Crinan Canal starts near the pretty and bustling town of Ardrishaig, which is situated on the beautiful shores of Loch Fyne.

The canal is one of Scotland’s picturesque waterways, known to sailors the world over for its spectacular surrounding countryside and friendly lock keepers.
The Canal Office is situated in Pier Square, a few yards from the sea-lock, from where the main street stretches north.
Ardrishaig offers various places to eat and drink, and shops include a co-op grocery store and a post office.
There is lots to see and do in the area. More information can be obtained, and a Skipper’s Guide downloaded, by visiting the Scottish Canals website or by contacting the Canal Office.

Contact: British Waterways Scotland
Tel: Ardrishaig Sea Lock 01546 602458
Canal Office: 01546 603210
VHF: Ch74 (16) (canal opening hours)


Facilities include: Canal Basin Moorings , Fresh water (hose not supplied), shore power (limited sockets) Boatyard & Repair Services, Wifi, Provisions & Post Office, Rubbish Disposal, Toilets , Showers, Bar, Restaurant, Hotels, Slipway suitable for small craft.

Please note Ardrishaig Pier is used by large commercial vessels exporting timber and should not be used for berthing purposes. Vessels arriving outside canal operating times should use either the small holding pontoon outside the sea lock, which is left open to the sea or lay to anchor outside the harbour.


There is plenty to do and see, in Ardrishaig, the area that surrounds the village boasts history, housing castles, beautiful parks, standing stones, amazing scenery and sporting activities.The Carnasserie Castle Ruin, in nearby Kilmartin, about 17 miles from Ardrishaig, is one of the "must see" attractions, when visiting the village.

There is also a variety of cafes, restaurants pubs and shops available in the town.