Argyll and Bute

A village of E Knapdale, Ardrishaig is located 30 miles (48 km) west of Glasgow at the mouth of Loch Gilp, an inlet of Loch Fyne in Argyll and Bute. The settlement developed in association with the herring fishing industry and as the eastern terminus of Crinan Canal which was dug in 1793 - 1801 and engineered by John Rennie (1761 - 1821). Steam boat connections were made with Oban and Glasgow and a distillery was in production at Glendarroch between 1831 and 1937. Fish farming, forestry, hydro-electricity and servicing an oil depot have maintained the population of Ardrishaig in modern times. Many of its more traditional buildings were demolished in the 1970s and replaced by concrete boxes. Argyll Community Housing Association is based here.

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