Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This terraced cottage sits on the banks of the Crinan Canal, close to Kilmartin in Argyll.
Recently 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 complete with Wi-Fi.
The front garden has a patio where the lawn is in fact AstroTurf, with two golf holes - putter and practice golf balls provided.
The Crinan Canal offers wonderful scenery for fishing, canoeing, sailing, horse riding, 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.
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 - these times can be changed if required.
A walk, cycle or drive from Crinan to Ardrishaig is 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 cottage is easily accessed from Glasgow via Loch Lomond and also from Oban to the north.
One well behaved dog is allowed in the cottage living areas but only under responsible supervision and by prior arrangement.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Crinan Harbour 2 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Glasgow 90 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, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river|
The Central Scotland/Strathclyde region
During its course from Ardrishaig northwards to Crinan Loch, the Crinan canal passes through some of Argyll's most outstanding countryside, and its 15 locks and 7 swing bridges provide added interest for visitors. For the sporting guest, golf is available at the nearby Lochgilphead Golf Club.
The excellent fishing includes facilities for sea angling and salmon fishing. Many attractive hill forest walks are to be found in the vicinity of the hotel and walking or cycling along the Crinan Canal is a popular pursuit. Crinan Canal Cottage is an easy drive from the nearby village of Tayvallich. There are opportunities for sailing, and yachts are available for charter.
For those wanting a more relaxed holiday, local places of interest include Inveraray Castle, home of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, where some of the finest treasures in Scotland are on exhibition. Dunadd Fort where the ancient Kings of Scotland were crowned and ancient cairns and standing stones. Inveraray Jail is an unusual holiday attraction. Guides dressed in the uniforms of prisoners and warders re-enact its 19th century past.
At Kilmartin House Museum, Argyll's ancient past comes alive. The Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig features herds of red deer, Highland cattle and many species now extinct in the wild.
Crinan Canal Cottage is situated in the much sought-after hamlet of Cairnbaan, a charming area of unspoilt natural beauty approximately halfway along the Crinan Canal. The canal itself is picturesque and beautifully landscaped, and provides plenty of interest with the daytime passage of boats to and fro.
Cairnbaan is very conveniently located within 3 miles of the shopping and leisure facilities of the small town of Lochgilphead, and within 2 hours' drive of Glasgow. Lochgilphead is the main centre for mid-Argyll and its amenities include shops, schools, businesses, sports facilities, a swimming pool, a hospital and council offices.
Cairnbaan is also situated approximately 30 miles south of Oban, known as 'The Gateway to the Isles'. In addition to offering a full range of amenities and travel links by rail, bus, sea and air, Oban also offers ferry access to the Inner and some of the Outer Hebrides.
The rural location of the property offers unlimited potential for country life and outdoor pursuits. It is within easy reach of several marinas and is in the heart of the renowned west coast sailing area with the coastline and islands to the west offering superb sailing.
The cottage is located in an area of great historical and archaeological interest, with visitor attractions such as Inverary Castle and Kilmartin museum within easy driving distance. The location of the cottage is such that it gives the holiday maker the opportunity for peace and quiet, whilst at the same time sitting in a central location with easy access to all amenities.