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Crinan Canal Cottage on the banks of the canal

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

This newly listed 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 newly fitted kitchen with a dining area and a cosy sitting room with an enclosed wood-burning fire. Wi-Fi and internet connect recently installed complete with BTSports.

The front garden has a terrace/patio next to the lawn which is in fact AstroTurf, with two golf holes - putter and practice soft golf balls provided. Outside Table/ench and chairs are provided to relax and watch the boats go by.

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. There is a bike store at the rear of the property.

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.

Perfect for a relaxing holiday. Ideal for walking, cycling, hill climbing, bird watching, fishing, change over days are flexible

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)
Access Car advised
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 Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, Private tennis court, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking

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.

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3 Aug 2014


"Really comfortable well equipped cottage in a a beautiful and interesting location."

This cottage is an excellent base for a family holiday or for a quiet getaway for a couple. We stayed with our 9 year old grandson and our spaniel - we all had a great time. The cottage is very well equipped and comfortable - Pauline has thought of everything and the little stove makes for cosy evenings whatever the weather. Our grandson really enjoyed cycling along the towpath and helping boat crews at the locks - with our supervision of course! We had some interesting trips out to the local area - beaver hunting in Knapdale -(we didn't see any!), the slate quarries at Easedale wth a trip round the islands and through the sound of Corryvreckan with Seafari and an afternoon at Arduaine Garden. Lovely places to eat within easy driving or walking distance at Tayvallich, Crinan and Crobh Haven - and of course the 'local' at Cairn Baan Hotel, but good shops in Lochgilphead and a well equipped kitchen mean it's no bother to cook if you want to. Lovely walks along the canal and in Kilmartin Glen and a lovely beach at Crinan Ferry mean you don't have to travel far if you don't want to. The setting for the cottage at the canal side is idyllic with plenty of space for the boy and his dog to play safely. We'll definitely be paying another visit soon!

Many thanks for taking the time to review my property - it is really appreciated and I am pleased that you, your grandson and of course the dog enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again at Crinan Canal Cottage.

26 Jul 2014


"Welcoming cottage with brilliant location"

Peaceful and comfortable cottage met all our needs. It was heaven to watch the boats on their journeys along the canal. Lovely and flat for walking with many attractions within easy reach. Looking for… More

Many thanks for taking the time to submit a review of the cottage which is greatly appreciated. I am glad that you had an enjoyable stay at the cottage.

3 Jun 2014


"Comfortable cottage in great location"

we have stayed in this area many times before but really liked being close to the canal and having a hotel bar and restaurant 5 minutes walk away at Cairnbaan or 20 mins cycle ride away at Crinan. There is stunning scenery right on the doorstep and we found plenty of things to do without going far or using the car which was incredibly relaxing. The cottage was clean and comfortable and had all we needed (except maybe a sharper set of kitchen knives). If you want to stay somewhere tranquil, friendly and interesting, this is an ideal place to come.

Many thanks for your response - new kitchen knives already on their way to the cottage - again many thanks.

15 Apr 2014



I stayed here with my friend my partner and my daughter and was absolutely blown at how cozy and welcoming the cottage was great layout beautiful views and very nice neighbours and my stay there was g… More

Many thanks for your reply - I am really glad that you enjoyed your stay in the cottage and I really appreciate your kind comments which are most welcome.

22 Mar 2014


"A wonderful area with plenty to see & do."

A very cosy cottage for the two of us. We did have good weather during our stay in March which allowed us to see the area at its best.
There are plenty of things to do and within 20 minutes drive from the property you can be in some remote locations, watching for wildlife or just taking in the peace & quiet. If you enjoy cycling, don't forget to take your bikes as there are plenty canal paths to cycle on.
Overall, I would recommend this property and this area. This was our first visit for a short break and ran out of time but plan to return at the earliest opportunity.

Many thanks for your feedback. I appreciate you taking the time to submit a review of the cottage and I am glad that you enjoyed your stay.

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