Crinan Canal Pilot Notes & Charts
Pilot notes are meant as a general guide, or for use in conjunction with a Pilot book or chart.
West Scotland Chart - NOT TO BE USED FOR NAVIGATION
Unauthorised reproduction strictly prohibited - Terms & Conditions
NAVIGATING THE CRINAN CANAL
MAXIMUM CHANNEL DIMENSIONS
26.82 metres (88 feet) long; 6.09 metres (20 feet) beam. Please
note wider craft may require to be traffic managed between
Locks 13 and 14 and extra time should be allowed.
Maximum 2.7 metre (8 feet 10 inches) freshwater draft (add
10cms (4in) to your normal draft as craft sit lower in the fresh
water of the canal than they do in salt water). Due to possible
level changes, customers with a draft of over 2.2m are advised
to contact the Canal Office or Sea Locks at least 24 hours in
advance to confirm passage will be possible.
Maximum mast height 28.95 metres (95 feet) under overhead
The Crinan Canal operates on a seasonal basis. We are open 7
days per week in peak season, Monday to Saturday during Spring
and Autumn, and Monday to Friday during Winter. Please check
for details of exact operating dates and times, since these may
be subject to variation from time to time.
When on passage please allow 30minutes for last locking before
close down to allow staff to make the flight ready for the
evening. The minimum time for passage is about 5-6 hours, but
why rush? Relax and enjoy the superb scenery and hospitality.
Admiralty charts: Loch Fyne (part) & Ardrishaig 2381; Loch
Crinan 2320; Loch Crinan to the Forth of Lorne 2326.
Imray charts: Firth of Clyde C66; Upper Clyde & Loch Fyne 2900;
Belfast Lough to Crinan C64; Crinan to Mallaig & Barra C65.
Pilots: Admiralty West Coast of Scotland Pilot (NP66). Clyde
Cruising Club Sailing Directions - Firth of Clyde; Kintyre to
Ardnamurchan; Imray Pilot: Clyde to Colonsay.
Almanac: Macmillan Reeds Western Almanac.
LOCKS AND BRIDGES
There are 15 locks and 7 bridges on the Crinan Canal. The Sea
Locks & Lock 14 are mechanised and operated for you. Inland
locks are self service and require at least one member of your
crew on shore to operate.
Please observe the 4 knot speed limit on the canal to avoid bank
erosion through excessive wash, and please slow down when
passing moored craft. The final approach to Crinan between
Crinan Bridge and Lock 14 is narrow, with moored craft lying
above Lock 14. Please exercise caution while transiting this
section of the canal.
USE OF LOCKS AFTER CLOSEDOWN
Do not use the canal locks after closedown. This is when water
levels are adjusted for the following day and any unauthorised
locking may cause flooding or water loss.
Sea Locks Ch16 / Working 74. Please note when staff are
performing locking or maintenance duty they will be unable to
respond to calls. If you do not get an immediate response either
try later or approach the lock if open to the sea; it is likely that
the Lock Keeper has spotted you.
Emergency Out of Hours Contact: 0800 072 9900