The opening of the new facilities building marks a significant upgrade on the popular waterway

Boaters

visiting the Crinan Canal, ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut,’ can now enjoy

all the comforts of home alongside its breathtaking scenery after the official

opening of a new facilities building.

The

modern, environmentally-friendly block at Crinan Basin features toilets,

showers, laundry room, and an outside terrace, all with full disabled access. The

opening of the block marks a significant upgrade to boaters’ facilities on the

popular waterway.

The

£360,000 project, undertaken by Scottish Canals and partly funded by the

European Union, is an outcome of the Sail West – MalinWaters marine tourism

initiative, which is designed to promote the west coast of Scotland, Northern

Ireland and North West Ireland as a world-class sailing destination.

Joe

Murphy, Crinan Canal Waterway Manager at Scottish Canals, said: ‘The Crinan

Canal and the surrounding area offer world class sailing amidst some of the

most spectacular scenery in Scotland. The new facilities block is a fantastic

addition to the area that will have a positive impact on both the local economy

and the comfort of those who visit the waterway.

‘Thanks

to funding from the European Union and the support of our Sail West partners,

this project will improve the boating experience on the Crinan Canal and I’m

confident the new facilities will encourage even more crews to come and enjoy

everything Crinan has to offer.’

Environmentally-sensitive design

In-keeping

with the canal’s status as a Scheduled Ancient Monument, limiting the

environmental impact of the project was a key aim of Scottish Canals and the

new block has been specifically designed to fit with the picturesque beauty of

the surrounding woodlands and waterway.

Utilising

an innovative Sedum living roof system and Scottish larch panelling, as well as

a range of low and zero carbon technologies such as LED lighting, warmth

recovery systems and under floor heating, the new block complements its

surroundings and features a wealth of environmentally-friendly designs. 

Garry

Martin of Donegal County Council said: ‘One of the aims of the Sail West EU INTERREG

funded project is to ensure that marinas, ports and harbours in the MalinWaters

regions of North West Ireland, Western Scotland and Northern Ireland offer

world class facilities for all visitors.

‘I

am very pleased that the new facilities at Crinan are modern, eco-friendly,

include disabled access and cater to a wide range of visitor requirements. This

is an excellent achievement, which will benefit visitors and boost the local

economy. We wish Scottish Canals every success in the future.’