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Bannatyne - Across the Lock Chamber

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Amazing Winter Offer

15% off

Book a break to visit Bannatyne Cottage between 1 September and 20th December to take advantage of this fantastic offer.

Subject to availability

Bannatyne Cottage is located at Lock 11 on the Crinan Canal at Cairnbaan, in the heart of Argyll. The canal creates a vital 9 mile waterway link through the Kintyre Peninsula and is often referred to as "Britain's most beautiful shortcut". Guests at Bannatyne will certainly agree.

The cottage is easily accessed by car from Glasgow, via scenic Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. From Cairnbaan visitors can explore the idyllic Western Isles with ferry services operating from Oban and Kennacraig. The cottage was recently restored by Scottish Canals and we are delighted to be offering quality self-catering holidays in such a picturesque part of Scotland.

Bannatyne cottage sleeps four with the accommodation conveniently located on one level. There is a well equipped kitchen, a bathroom and a sitting/dining room with a wood-burning stove. The bedrooms are spacious. The double bedroom has a king size bed and the twin bedroom has two single beds. There is a private garden to the rear of the cottage with outdoor furniture.

All Scottish Canals Canalside Cottages have a TV/DVD player and CD player or ipod dock plus well equipped kitchens with oven & hob, fridge/freezer, microwave and washer/dryer. NB: Dishwashers are not provided (except at Tomnahurich & Dochgarroch).

In addition each cottage provides the following facilities:

Bath with shower over the bath

Garden area with outdoor furniture

BBQ (charcoal not included)

Cot (linen not included)

Turn your stay into a touring holiday by combining a short break at Bannatyne Cottage with a stay at one of the cottages along the Caledonian Canal.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Glasgow 130 km, Nearest railway: Oban 32 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ

The Central Scotland/Strathclyde region

The Monkland engineer, James Watt was asked to survey a route across the neck of the Mull of Kintyre in 1771 by the government who had been convinced of the need to find a safer passage for fishing boats and cargo vessels to the Clyde and west coast ports. Another survey was commissioned in 1792 as it was hoped that lessons learned from the building of the Forth & Clyde would reduce estimates.

Sufficient subscription was raised to enable work to commence in 1794. However progress was painfully slow; remoteness, subscriber debt and labour shortages were contributing factors. Although the Crinan opened in 1801 and was 'completed' in 1809 with the help of Treasury mortgages, it was plagued by serious technical and financial problems. The Company could not raise any more funds and so the canal came under state control in 1816 - managed by the Commissioners of the Caledonian Canal - until the loans could be repaid. Thomas Telford (who was then working on the Caledonian) was appointed to supervise the repair programme. The Company never regained possession and the canal was to remain in government ownership.

Passenger cruising was a feature of the Crinan early on, buoyed by specific events such as the opening of the Caledonian in 1822 and Queen Victoria's visit in 1847 who remarked on the "very fine" views. In the 20th century it did not suffer the same fate as the lowland canals as the link it provided between the Clyde and the Hebrides was vital. Dubbed "Britain's most beautiful shortcut", it is important for its long association with passenger steamers, picturesque qualities, and completeness of its surviving structures and buildings.


Crinan is a haven for those wishing to enjoy scenic walks, bike rides or simply quiet. The cottage looks out onto the world-famous canal and there is a nearby hotel and local pub.

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6 Aug 2014


"Could've stayed here forever!"

This is a great little cottage. Well situated, very comfortable and contains everything you could need, we had a fantastic time.

11 Jun 2014


"Superb Location"

The location is superb, grandstand seat for boating action on the locks and bridge with all boaters keen for a chat and interested in the cottage. Great for a bit of exercise opening the gates and for a good walk to either Crinan (for coffee great lunch, cake and fun watching the action as the boats come in off the open sea, or to the other way to Cairnbarn for a refreshing drink. The rest of the area is scenically stunning and great places to visit.
The cottage is friendly, very nicely furnished and beautifully decorated. The canal company staff are all friendly and helpful, the booking went very smoothly and Esther was particularly helpful.

1 Nov 2013


"A relaxing break in a delightful location."

We enjoyed a 3 night stay at this delightful cottage on the Crinan Canal. The cottage was very well equiped, clean and well presented. The location of the cottage is ideal for visiting the surrounding areas.

1 Nov 2013


"Wonderful, relaxing stay"

Lovely cottage in a tranquil setting. Very clean and well furnished with a log burner that was very welcome in the evenings.
Good shops in Lochgilphead. A selection of woodland walks and we had an excellent lunch at the Tayvallich Inn.

11 Sep 2013


"Great location"

Just spent a long weekend at Bannatyne Cottage with friends. What a fantastic location! The cottage is very well equipped and well looked after. We had the wood burner going every night which was grea… More

11 Sep 2013


"I want to live here forever!!"

I booked this as a last-minute decision for my young niece and I. Sort of a girlie weekend. I don't know what I was expecting, but I certainly got more than I imagined. The location is simply st… More

11 Sep 2013


"Great for a long weekend"

We stayed at the Bannatyne cottage with our 9 month old baby and it was a great family holiday.The cottage is well equipped and nicely furnished with some nice touches. Homely and cosy rather than lu… More

15 Jul 2013


"Beautiful cottage in an idyllic location"

Just returned from a long weekend break at Bannatyne Cottage. A superb holiday cottage in an idyllic location. The whole weekend was perfect, great weather, friendly atmosphere particularly helpful bank staff, great food at the Cairnbaan Hotel. Lots of great walks and cycles and even managed a trip out on the Vic 32 puffer boat which was fun. Too warm to get the wood stove going in the cottage so looks like we'll have to return in the winter!

2 Jul 2013


"Stunning location, cosy canalside cottage."

Beautifully situated cottage on the banks of the canal with stunning sunset views. Unique access across the Dunardry rolling bridge - which the kids loved seeing in action and running across it too!Lo… More

2 Jul 2013


"Absolutely Stunning!"

What a find this cottage is! I was in a party of 4 and we rent cottages throughout the UK a couple of times a year. I must say that this cottage is in the most perfect location with beautiful scener… More

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