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Summer time at Crinan
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Details of some of the events which will be taking place at the Crinan Hotel
Music at the Crinan Hotel - Quintessential on May 22nd 2016
After their spectacular debut at the Crinan Hotel in 2015, Quintessential will be back at the Hotel again this year, so come along at lunchtime on Sunday May 22nd to hear them sing - and maybe even join in!
Free admission - voluntary donations will be invited to support The Puffer - VIC 32.
Book launch at the Crinan Hotel - The Crinan Canal by Marian Pallister
Saturday 11th June, 2016
The first history of the Crinan Canal will be published in June 2016. Author Marian Pallister tells the story of one of the most significant monuments of British civil engineering, from its origins to the present day. The book will discuss how it was built, who built it, and how it changed life in the surrounding areas and still shapes life today.
Known as ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut’, the Crinan Canal runs from Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne nine miles across the Kintyre peninsula to the Atlantic coast. Designed by John Rennie after initial survey work by James Watt in 1771, the canal was opened in 1801, with further improvements made by Thomas Telford in the second decade of the nineteenth century. The canal was originally planned to save commercial ships having to make the long journey from the industrial region around Glasgow round the Mull of Kintyre to reach the west coast and Hebridean islands. By 1854, 33,000 passengers, 22,000 sheep and 2000 cattle had been transported along it. These days the canal is a popular route for leisure craft.
Marian Pallister is an author based in Argyll. She has worked as a feature writer and commentator covering social issues in Scotland and round the world, particularly in disaster and war zones. She previously taught journalism at Napier University and is currently tutor in English subjects at Argyll College. She also founded the Mhuthanzia Lilanda Initiative, a charity which supports the education of vulnerable young people in Zambia. Her book Cruachan, The Hollow Mountain was published by Birlinn in 2015
The Crinan Canal by Marian Pallister will be published June 16th by Birlinn (£9.99, paperback)
Please contact the Hotel if you would like an invitation to this event - admission will be by ticket only.
Open Day at Crinan Boatyard for the Restoration of the Puffer VIC27
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