The Oban Times - - Districts -

VIR­TUAL visi­tors can now take a dig­i­tal turn on the world’s most scenic short­cut at Cri­nan thanks to a part­ner­ship between Scot­tish Canals and Google’s ‘Street View’.

From Bei­jing to Barcelona, ‘armchair ex­plor­ers’ are able to dis­cover the many sights on Scot­land’s his­toric wa­ter­ways as 137 miles of the na­tion’s canals are added to Google’s ‘Street View’.

The project al­lows a vir­tual au­di­ence to take to the tow­paths of some of Scot­land’s most scenic and spec­tac­u­lar lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing the west coast won­ders of the Cri­nan Canal.

An­drew McSherry, head of ICT at Scot­tish Canals, said: ‘Scot­tish Canals is de­lighted to team up with Google to bring our 250-year old wa­ter­ways to a vir­tual au­di­ence.

‘ When Scot­land’s canals were first carved through the heart and high­lands of the na­tion dur­ing the in­dus­trial revo­lu­tion, they were con­sid­ered at the cut­ting edge of en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign. It’s been in­cred­i­ble to see every nook, cranny and lock cap­tured us­ing this 21st cen­tury equip­ment.’

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