Crinan Canal Cottage

Cairnbaan near Lochgilphead and Kilmartin, Scotland (Ref. 27162)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

Kilmartin 5 miles. This charming, traditional terraced cottage sits in a pretty position beside the Crinan Canal, in the hamlet of Cairnbaan, close to Kilmartin in beautiful Argyll on the West Coast of Scotland. 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, this canal side cottage has two bedrooms, with the room to the front boasting open views across the canal to the hills beyond. The ground floor of this Crinan Canal self-catering holiday home comprises a fitted kitchen with a dining area and a cosy sitting room with a wonderful woodburner. The front garden is unique, with a patio where you can relax and enjoy the open space of the tranquil surroundings, plus the lawn is in fact AstroTurf, with a couple of golf holes so you can practice your putting - a putter and practice golf balls are provided. Just outside the garden is a large playing field providing plenty of space for the children and dog to stretch their legs. The Crinan Canal offers wonderful scenery for walking and cycling and there are plenty of forests and hills nearby should you wish for something more energetic. Kilmartin is home to the spectacular ruin of Carnasserie Castle and the Nether Largie standing stones, plus with the medieval hillfort of Dunadd, guests are sure to discover a fascinating history in this wonderful area. Considered the capital of the ancient Gaelic Kingdom of Dalriada, Dunadd is home to ancient stone carvings, including the stone footprint believed to be part of the coronation ritual. A charming Crinan Canal cottage, sure to delight throughout the year.


Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin. Shower room with shower, basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area. Sitting room with woodburner.


Electric panel heaters with woodburner. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview and BT Sports, DVD, CD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs. Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Highchair on request. Ample off road parking. Bike storage. Patio garden with furniture and AstroTurf putting green. Putter and golf balls provided. Fishing available on Crinan Canal (no permit required). One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop 2 miles, pub 10 mins walk. Note: Canal situated 50 yards away, children to be supervised at all times. Note: 27th June - 4th July 2015 charged at £442, 4th - 18th July 2015 charged at £563 and 10th - 24th Oct 2015 charged at £442.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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Guest Reviews


    • “excelent value for money good base to explore”
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    • “we new the area before we visited and we were not disappointed the cottage is simple but very clean and well stocked, pleasant view to the front and parking is a short walk away at the end of the row. we took our bikes and found a storage shed provided. and fantastic cycle routs in all directions. Nice wood burning stove we purchased extra coal and logs from the local petrol station, found several good places to eat in town and in Crinan. Cottage was very good value for money and the owners were very helpful and gave good advise about local area would recommend for couples or small family.”

    Jbstanyer, March 2015


    • “Property owner very helpful and kept us up to date with events in the area. A great base for exploring the area. Plenty to see and do”

    Mr Smitherman, Coalville, September 2015

    • “The cottage was very well-equipped and in a great location. The owner provided lots of information about things to do and places to eat. It was a joy to return to the cottage at the end of the day to enjoy the wood burner.”

    Mrs Barnes, Kilmarnock, September 2015

    • “We liked the location, the view from the lounge window and the wood burning stove.”

    Mrs Poole, Glasgow, April 2015

    • “The weather was really very bad indeed, so it was a good excuse to relax, do the crossword, watch box sets etc. in front of a lovely wood burning stove, enjoying the paintings. Being right beside the canal was great, and we did manage one very windy walk along its banks. Lunch at the Crinan Hotel was a great treat and view from the Gallery Bar was outstanding.”

    Ms Glasgow, Glasgow, January 2015

    • “Great location to visit. Crinan Canal cottage was very cozy and well equipped, with a lovely view of the canal lock gates.”

    Mr Tutty, Northallerton, August 2014

    • “Beautiful location, ideal base for exploring a fascinating region or for chilling in the peaceful surroundings.”

    Mrs Neilson, Dumfries, July 2014

    • “Very nice property and location. Well presented.”

    Mr Wilson, Penicuik, June 2014

    • “The Cottage was in a very quiet location but not isolated, there were plenty of places to visit within the area. The scenery was breathtaking and there were some very nice places to eat nearby. A wonderful break away from it all.”

    Mr Goody, Kettering, June 2014

    • “The location was excellent and the cottage had everything we needed. There were lots of things to do and see including; walking, cycling and fishing. There was also a pub a ten minute walk away. The owner provided comprehensive information, with contact details in case anything went amiss. All in all, it couldn't have been better. Highly recommended.”

    Mr Symonds, Newton Stewart, May 2014

    • “The holiday was absolutely fantastic, with lots to see and do in one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland. The cottage itself is in the most idyllic of settings and even the lesser active out there would love this place with its easy access and low level walks on the banks of the Crinan canal.”

    Mr Robb, Edinburgh, May 2014

    • “This is a very pretty and comfortable cottage in a great location right on the Crinan Canal. The area is extremely interesting and there are many places to visit that show Scotland's ancient history. Kilmartin was very good in particular and only down the road. We would definitely recommend a stay here and we hope to come back soon.”

    Mr Asher, Southampton, April 2014

    • “Cottage is very warm and welcoming with very friendly neighbours. It is modern and well equipped. Owner very helpful also.”

    Mr Stirling-Brown, Glasgow, March 2014

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About the location


Crinan 7 miles; Lochgilphead 8 miles; Tarbert 21 miles; Oban 30 miles.

The village of Kilmartin sits at the heart of Kilmartin Glen, one of the most important prehistoric sites on the Scottish mainland. In the area there are rock carvings, standing stones, burial cairns and the remains of the Iron-Age fort at Dunadd, the home of the first kings of Scotland. Kilmartin is home to a church, Post Office, shop, pub, a castle and the Kilmartin House Museum with visitor centre next door, housing a café and a shop selling local crafts. The town of Lochgilphead is eight miles away, offering a good selection of cafes and small shops selling a range of goods, foods and crafts, while the village of Inveraray, home to the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, is within driving distance. Close by is Crinan Canal, which is surrounded by the stunning scenery of Argyll and Bute. From end to end the canal is nine miles long, and its sheltered waters make it an ideal place for beginners and the more experienced paddlers to explore. There are beautiful walks to be enjoyed throughout the area from Kilmichael Forest, to those at Port Ann and Dunardry and up over the hill from the stoney beach at Crinan Ferry, from where you can look out over Jura and north towards Mull. A trip to the Scottish Beaver Trail in Knapdale Forest also provides a fun family day out, plus the fishing village of Tarbert gives you superb access to all the ferry points across Kintyre that travel to Gigha, Arran, Islay and Portavadie.