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Ardrishaig, or "Rubha Aird Driseig", in Gaelic, is a lochside village, situated at the southern entrance to the Crinan Canal, in Argyll, west Scotland, UK. The village stands on the shores of beautiful Loch Fyne, immediately to the south of the town of Lochgilphead. In the 1970s, Ardrishaig was significantly altered, when its original houses and shops on the main street were demolished to make way for a car park.
Ardrishaig's history starts with the construction of the Crinan Canal, prior to the canal's construction, the village only having 4 small houses. Crinan Canal, once described as the "most beautiful shortcut in the word", was originally known as the Duke of Argyll's canal, and it was created to open up the West Coast and improve the access to the Western Isles, offering people a safe transit route from the village to Crinan.
After a long history of planning, financial struggles and improvements, due to the fact that Crinan Canal never became financially self-supporting, in 1848, the Caledonian Canal Commissioners took control over it, and managed to "make it work", today, the canal being no longer used to carry freight, its recreational value having considerably increased, being currently used by luxurious yachts and fishing vessels.