Crinan Canal Cottage

Self Catering

4 Cairnbaan, Cairnbaan, Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8SJ

    The Crinan Canal is a wonderful waterway to explore by kayak, cycling, walking, boat or canoe, and is surrounded by the stunning scenery of Argyll. From end to end the Crinan Canal is 9 miles long.

    The Crinan Canal is a wonderful waterway to explore by kayak,  canoe,  cycle or foot, surrounded by the stunning scenery of Argyll. From end to end the Crinan Canal is 9 miles long.

    This charming, traditional terraced cottage sits in a pretty position beside the Crinan Canal,  close to Kilmartin in beautiful Argyll on the West Coast of Scotland.

    The cottage was built in 1876 to house the workers from the local slate quarries and forms part of two ten-dwelling terraces with gabled eave dormers front and back.
    Well-appointed throughout to provide comfortable and welcoming accommodation,  this Crinan Canal Cottage is ideally located for families and friends seeking a retreat amidst stunning scenery.   Decorated to a high standard,  the cottage has two bedrooms,  with the room to the front giving open views across the canal to the hills beyond.   The ground floor comprises a fitted kitchen with a dining area and a cosy sitting room with an enclosed wood-burning fire.
    The front garden has a patio where you can relax and enjoy the open space and the tranquil surroundings.   The lawn is in fact AstroTurf,  with two golf holes so you can practice your putting - putter and practice golf balls provided.

    Just outside the garden is a large playing green providing plenty of space for the children and pet to stretch their legs.   Outdoor activities,  including sailing,  walking,  fishing,  canoeing and riding are available locally.  Fishing permits for Loch Awe are available,  but prior notice is required.   The Crinan Canal offers wonderful scenery for walking and cycling,  with many cycle tracks signposted throughout the glen and plenty of forests and hills nearby should you wish something more energetic.   Wildlife includes many woodland birds and birds of prey,  beavers in a new reserve at Knapdale,  red squirrels,  red and roe deer,  seals,  otters and occasionally pine martins.

    Kilmartin is home to the spectacular ruin of Carnasserie Castle,  Nether Largie standing stones,  Temple Wood Stone Circle and numerous ancient burial mounds.   The medieval hill-fort of Dunadd was considered to be the capital of the ancient Gaelic Kingdom of Dalriada,  and has ancient stone carvings and the stone footprint believed to be part of a mediaeval coronation ritual.   Kilmartin Museum is well worth a visit to discover the rich history of this ancient land.

    The nearby town of Lochgilphead has a variety shops,  cafes and restaurants,  hospital/doctors surgery,  a swimming pool,  golf course and sports center.   There is also a shop where bicycles can be hired.   Boats can be chartered from Crinan harbour and there are trips around the islands where it is possible to see whales,  porpoise,  seals,  many sea birds including golden and white-tailed eagles,  and the spectacular Corryvreckan Whirlpools.

    This is a charming cottage,  sure to delight throughout the year.
    Prices are based on the start date of your holiday and are for one week (Saturday to Saturday).   The cottage is also available to rent for weekends (Fri-Mon) and midweek (Mon-Fri) out-with the peak periods.   Please contact me for prices.   Entry is usually available after 3pm and departure is by 10am.

    The Crinan Canal is one of the most beautiful waterways in Britain,  and enjoys uninterrupted views of some of Scotland's breathtaking and rugged natural landscape.   It is rightly known as 'Scotland's most beautiful shortcut'.   Enjoy the magnificent surroundings and explore the many different aspects the area has to offer.   The Crinan Canal is a wonderful waterway to explore by kayak, canoe,   cycle or foot ,  surrounded by the stunning scenery of Argyll.   From end to end the Crinan Canal is 9 miles long.

    A walk from Crinan to Ardrishaig is only 9 miles and provides you with the perfect opportunity to take in the stunning views of Mid Argyll and watch the boats sailing by.   The wildlife along the canal includes herons and wrens, otters and wild mink.   This area of Scotland is well known as a haven for all kinds of wildlife.   Watch Osprey from the canal towpath and look out for dolphins in the sea at Crinan.   Pine martins, one of Scotland's rarest mammals, are so shy they are rarely seen.   Moine Mhor is a lowland raised bog of international importance,  a rugged and beautiful landscape that is the wild heartland of Kilmartin Glen.   It is one of Europe's rarest and most threatened wildlife habitats,  98% of which have already been destroyed.   The best views of Moine Mhor (The Great Moss) are from the Crinan Canal near Bellanoch or the ancient hill fort of Dunadd.   From here you can see the waterlogged system of pools and bogs alongside the gentle twists and turns of the River Add.   Down at bog level you will find hen harriers,  curlews as well as an impressive range of dragonflies and Stonechats which are present all year round.   There is a visitor facility at the northern end of the bog,  on the road from Bellanoch  to Kilmartin.  Only 9 miles in length, the Crinan Canal was built to improve access to the Western Isles,  offering a safe transit route from Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne to Crinan,  avoiding the long,  arduous journey around the Mull of Kintyre.

    Crinan Canal Cottage is located at Cairnbaan Cottages on the north bank of the Crinan Canal at Cairnbaarn  The cottage is easily accessed from Glasgow via Loch Lomond and also from Oban to the north.

    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Open Christmas
    Open New Year
    Opening Times 2015/2016
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2016

    The cottage is available throughout the year. Short breaks can be arranged. Please get in touch by email or by telephone TEL:01546510292 Mobile 07831259990 or send a text message to same number.

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff*
    Crinan Canal Cottage
    £245.00 per unit per week

    Prices from £245 to £588 per week including Christmas Breaks. Short breaks can be arranged. The cottage is also available to rent for weekends (Fri-Mon) and midweek (Mon-Fri) outwith the peak periods. Please contact me for prices. Entry is available after 3pm and departure is by 10am. Please call or email me for prices and availability @

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Accommodation Type

    • Activity Holiday Many lovely walks along the Canal
    • Cottage
    • Holiday Rentals
    • Seasonal Breaks
    • Self Catering Holiday


    • Bar Available There is a bar within 10 minutes walk from the cottage at the Cairnbaan Hotel
    • Licensed Bar / Clubroom There is a licensed bar within 10 minutes walk from the cottage
    • Patio/Beer Garden There is a Beer Garden within 10 minutes walk from the cottage
    • Restaurant Within 10/15 minutes walk along canal to the Cairnbaan Hotel where there is free WiFi
    • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop


    • Dishwasher
    • Drying Facilities
    • Electric Cooker
    • Fridge
    • Hairdryer Available
    • Kitchen
    • Linen Provided
    • Log Fire Starter pack provided - more supplies can be purchased in Lochgilphead
    • Microwave
    • Multi Fuel Wood Burning Stove
    • Outdoor Drying Facility There is a drying area at the back of the cottage.
    • Shower
    • Toilets
    • Towels Provided
    • Tumble Dryer
    • Wash Hand Basin
    • Washing Machine

    Health & Wellbeing

    • Indoor Swimming Pool There is an indoor swimming pool in Lochgilphead
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool There is a supervised swimming pool in Lochgilphead


    • Coastal Location
    • Lochside Location
    • Rural Location
    • Sea/Loch View
    • Village Location
    • Waterfront Location The cottage is on the banks of the Crinan Canal

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Families
    • Pets Welcome By Arrangement

    Camping Facilities

    • Camping Equipment Hire Camping equipment is available for hire in the nearby town of Lochgilphead.


    • Children Welcome Children under five must be accompanied as there is a canal nearby.
    • Highchair Available A Highchair is available in the cottage. The child to be supervised at all times when using this chair.
    • Outdoor Play Area There is an enclosed garden at the front which is a small putting green and a large green space at the front of the putting green. Children under five must be accompanied on the green as there is a canal nearby.


    • No Smoking Permitted
    • Picnic Area

    Leisure Facilities

    • CD Player
    • DVD Player
    • Garden
    • Radio
    • Television
    • WiFi Free Wifi and BT Sports is available in the Cottage and is also available at the Crinan Hotel or the Cairnbaan Hotel - 10/15 mins walk from the house

    Payment Methods

    • BACS
    • Cheque
    • Internet Banking Transfer


    • Bike Storage Available
    • Cycle Rack Cycles can be stored in shed at back of cottages
    • Free Parking On-Site

    Road Directions

    Follow the A83 into Lochgilphead and go left at the first roundabout onto the A83 and through one roundabout in the centre of town with the loch on your left.
    At the third roundabout, turn right onto A816.
    After 2 miles bear left onto B841 and stay on the right side of the river as you pass the Cairnbaan hotel - do not cross the bridge.
    Continue for another half mile and the road forks.
    You can either go right and follow the track between the cottages until you come to No 4, which will be in the second row you pass through, or you can stay on the road and turn first right after the second row of cottages and then double back to reach No 4.
    The parking for No4 is the open area as you turn right off the B841.

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