Discover Crinan Canal
Although the Crinan Canal is only nine miles long it is wonderfully picturesque throughout and is recommended for boating and for walking on the good tow-path beside. It is another Victorian masterpiece from the days before trains and roads solved transport problems. It runs between Ardrishaig (just south of Lochgilphead) on Loch Fyne and Crinan, which leads out to the Inner Hebridean Islands and the Atlantic, and was built to avoid shipping having to make the journey round the Mull of Kintyre. It is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm 7 days a week in the summer but closed at weekends in the winter.
Things to do in Crinan Canal
A National Scenic Area, Knapdale walks, picnic sites and cycle routes are close together and provide various habitats. The Barnluasgan Information Centre provides a wealth of information on the local beaver population. Knapdale Forest's area is a National Landscape Area partially surrounded by the Crinan Canal, the Jura Strait, and Loch Sween. There are several routes and trails through the forest, most of which start from the Barnluasgan Interpretation Centre and provide an excellent riding experience for all.
Argyll Forest Park
Argyll Forest Park is a land of rocky peaks and hidden glens, quiet sea lochs, and rushing rivers. Established in 1935, it is Britain's oldest forest park - and some say the best!
Benmore Botanic Garden
Benmore Botanic Garden is a large botanic garden located at Strath Eachaig, at the foot of Beinn Mhòr, at the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. The gardens are at the western side of the A815 way from Dunoon, among Holy Loch and Loch Eck, and include footbridges across the River Eachaig. It is one of the sites of the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.