Cairnbaan holiday cottage rental with walking, log fire and TV and rural retreat

Bannatyne Cottage

from £90 /night help Price for guests, Nights

Excellent 4.5/5

16 reviews

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Bannatyne - Across the Lock Chamber

Cottage / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4 Home 461056

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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

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 bathGarden area with outdoor furnitureBBQ (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
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Check in time: 14:00
Check out time: 10:00
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
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 Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, 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
Furniture Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Not suitable for wheelchair users

The Argyll and Bute 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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Review 1-10 of 16

21 Sep 2015


"Location fantastic but cottage could be improved"

Superb location with one of the lock gates right outside the door. So many boats came through during our holiday and we enjoyed talking to the lock keepers and the people travelling on their boats. Gorgeous walks straight from the door. Its lovely to set out on the 3 mile walk to Crinan Basin and enjoy coffee at the Coffee Shop before the walk back. The views are wonderful. Night time was so peaceful apart from the hooting of owls which we loved. We went out at night along the canal with a torch - fantastic. Good food nearby at Tayvallich and Kilmartin - we really enjoyed eating out in this area. There were a couple of negative things regarding the cottage. Sorry. It sleeps 4 (in 2 very nice bedrooms) but there is only a 2 seater sofa in the living room. If there are 4 adults do 2 of them perch on the hard chairs waiting their turn on the sofa? The kitchen is very dark. It wasn't a lot of fun cooking and washing up in the dim light. The lamps beside the double bed in the main bedroom are also very dim - its quite hard to read using them. Most people are probably too tired to read after being out in the wonderful landscape but its nice to have the option. We also didn't realise the cottage is single glazed. Any heat generated inside using the multi burner stove and radiators is lost straight through the windows. It might actually be a "greener" option to fit double glazing - we had fairly decent weather but still had to run the radiators. We did have a lovely time but I'm not sure I would take this particular cottage again.

21 Oct 2014


"Lovely stay along the canal"

Lovely Cottage, great location! Loved the decor and spacious bedrooms, lovely fresh white linen (linen is usually a bugbear of mine in self catering properties) We spent 3 nights at Bannatyne, it was a very last minute trip and we were delighted with our accommodation. The weather was mixed but we still managed some cycling, sightseeing and wildlife watching! Enjoyed coffee and cake at Tayvallich, Kilmartin and Crinan cafés! Also to a trip to pretty village Ardfern up the road. A few boats passed through the lock which was fascinating to watch in itself! Lovely friendly folk on boats and walking along the canal path. Only issues we had was on arrival as the bridge was closed, we figured out soon enough that we could access the property from the entrance next to the cairnbaan hotel. Also some guttering repair required outside the wee kitchen as a little drop of rain sounded like a gushing waterfall! Overall though a super wee cottage.

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.

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!

30 Jun 2013


"dream getaway"

lovely little cottage in one of the most beautiful locations in the west of scotland. peaceful getaway.great outdoor space with ideal fishing on your door step. walking distance to lovely restaurants.with short commute to lochgilhead.

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