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The Crinan Canal was opened in 1801, offering a shortcut for fisherboats from Crinan to Lochgilphead. All the locks - like this lock at Cairnbaan - are still operated today like they were in former times. Just the ships have changed: now it is a haven for yachtsmen, and you will see beautiful yachts instead of fisherboats traveling the waterway. We definitely recommend this sidetrip, on the B841 and B8025 to Kilmartin, as it will provide you with fabulous views along the road!