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Knapdale is the stretch of land in western Argyll running between the Crinan Canal, in the north, and the Tarbert isthmus, which separates it from the Kintyre peninsula, in the south. Entering the Knapdale area from the north is the A83, which runs down the eastern coast from Lochgilphead, following Loch Gilp and the route of the canal, to Ardrishaig where the canal itself enters Loch Fyne. The A83 continues south to Tarbert and into the Kintyre peninsula. On the western side are three fingers of land separated by Lochs Sween and Coalisport.

From Tarbert the B8024 heads southwest, along the northern side of West Loch Tarbert, and then heads west towards the Atlantic coast. The road then follows the coast north to Loch Coalisport and then heads northeast to rejoin the A83 once more.

Following the A816 northwest from Lochgilphead, which runs alongside the canal, leads to Cairnbaan. At this point the canal heads west and is followed now by the B841 towards Ballanoch then northwest to Crinan where the canal enters Loch Crinan. From Ballanoch the B8025 heads southwest across the finger of land that separates the Sound of Jura from Loch Sween.

A minor road follows the eastern side of Loch Sween to Kilmory. Along the way this road passes the key of Knapdale, the 11th century Castle Sween. This is the earliest stone built castle in Scotland, but has unfortunately been a ruin since 1647.

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