Situated on the shore of Loch Fyne and at the southern end of the Crinan Canal, Ardrishaig grew from its tiny beginnings largely as a result of the canal, which provided a short cut to the Western Isles, removing the need for an arduous journey around the Kintyre Peninsula with all the hazards inherent in the seas off the Mull of Kintyre. Ardrishaig was once famous for its Loch Fyne kippers, but the cessation of the herring fishing industry in the port sent it into a decline, while most of the activity moved to neighbouring Lochgilphead. However, the harbour has an important role to play in the timber trade, with the capacity to handle tens of thousands of tonnes annually. Visitors can enjoy a range of activities: a gentle walk along the canal maybe, or a spot of boating or kayaking courtesy of Argyll Activities. The gothic style Ardrishaig Parish Church, which dates from 1860, is worth a wander round, with its semi-octagonal transepts, its tower with an octagonal castellated stage, and its Edwardian Art Nouveau stained glass windows.
Map of the area.
|Old puffer in canal basin at Ardrishaig. Photo by John Ferguson, via Wikimedia Commons|