THE STORY of ‘Britain’s most beautiful shortcut’ and the ancient coastal kingdom of Dalriada is set to be brought to life thanks to a £1.5 million project to create a new heritage and community hub at the gateway to the Crinan Canal in Ardrishaig.

The Scottish Canals led partnership project will see the transformation and extension of an historic, disused building, known locally as the ‘Egg Shed’, into a bespoke interpretation centre telling the story of the canal and the communities on its banks.

From its role in the ancient Gaelic kingdom of Dalriada to the tale of Queen Victoria’s journey along the Crinan Canal, the new centre will allow visitors to step into the unique history of mid-Argyll via an array of interactive exhibits and interpretation material.