Argyll heading for Spring

Crinan harbour 1

Good to remind ourselves, as the winter starts to retreat, just what a stunning place is Argyll.

crinan 2

Out at Crinan Harbour [top] and at Crinan [above] this afternoon,  a big ketch was out sailing and Crinan Boatyard was working hard on a veritable fleet of repairs outside, as well as on construction work inside.

Crinan boatyard

There were two puffers in care, Aud Reekie – clearly in major refit; and the well known Vic 32 making a bright statement in the sun.

coastguard out of crinan

The sudden roar of a fast engine at full throttle saw the stinging yellow coastguard RIB that berths in a nook in the sea wall just outside the canal, come thrashing out and away northwest, either heading in below Creag Mhor or on round and in to Loch Craignish.


The little lighthouse beckoned to the canal entrance; and the canal basin just lay there, basking in sunny contentment.

Heavy horse and foal

On the far side of the entrance of the canal into the basin, there is currently an arresting monolith of a piece of granite sculpture, on loan for the time being from its creator, Ronald RaeHeavy Horse and Foal. It featured in the sculptor’s successful exhibition at the Falkirk Wheel not so long ago.

Crinan hotel over sea lock

Standing guard over the sea lock to the basin, the Crinan Hotel promised a great little bar and, maybe, later, a good dinner.

The osprey didn’t show up – but who would live anywhere but here?

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One Response to Argyll heading for Spring

  1. “Standing guard over the sea lock to the basin, the Crinan Hotel promised a great little bar and, maybe, later, a good dinner”
    whit! Last hotel at the end of the track – eye wateringly expensive and very off hand for and to casual visitors. But then I have to pay for my bevy and snap -
    No mention if the For Argyll team enjoyed some freebes – would that put a gloss on their prose after wetting their thrapples?
    I recommend the CairnBaan, Crinan Boat Yard and the Canal people at the sealock for service and going that extra mile. No freebees given or excepted either.

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