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Crinan Canal Cottage No8

(Ref. 954421)

Kilmartin, Argyll & The Isles Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a wonderful week in Cairnbaan , Pauline was a lovely host checking in with us making sure we had everything we needed ."

    She was very apologetic about the garden being a wee bit over grown which was out of her control due to the bad weather for a few weeks , we we're still able to sit out and enjoy when the sun was out . The cottage was well equipped, the log burner made it very cosy on a couple of chilli evenings . The cottage is well situated for walks along the canal and surrounding area . Thank you Pauline we enjoyed our stay we will be back . Sally

    Many thanks Sally for your lovely feedback which is appreciated and I am pleased that you managed to get a few rays of the sun. The log burner is a great asset to that cottage and does tend to heat the whole house and I have had feedback saying that once banked up it can last throughout the full stay Hope to have you all back again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sally4.7Aug 2023

  • "This is a great cottage in a perfect location."

    We really appreciated the top spec kitchen and bathroom. For us the bed was a bit soft, and the sofa not very comfortable but this did not detract from our stay at all, and we loved the walks straight from the door, and the peaceful little garden. We’d definitely stay again! Thanks Pauline, a great host, with useful suggestions and excellent communication.

    Katherine, Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review, which is really apprciated. I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay at the cottage and also enjoyed the surrounding areas and I do hope that you will be back again - maybe in a different season to see the changes in the colours Thanks again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katherine4.4Aug 2023

  • "A great little cottage in a beautiful location with easy access to all sites along the Crinan Canal."

    Ideal to watch beavers a couple of miles down the road. The boat trip to see wildlife and Corryvreckan is a good and although nature cannot be booked to appear when we want did see porpoise, white tailed eagles, deer and feral goats. Great base for a couple but would be cosy for manageable for more. Having it's own parking spot was lovely.

    Many thanks David for your great response - greatly appreciated and it was a pleasure having you. Please remember to come back - this time you will have a brand new kitchen Haste ye back Pauline Property Owner

    Reviewed by David M4.7May 2023

  • "A lovely cosy cottage in a beautiful area with its own parking space."

    A quiet road that was great for walks along the canal. Pauline the owner kept in contact and was really charming, ready to provide any information we required about the area. Thank you Pauline we had a lovely stay.

    Thank you for your feed back which is always appreciated. Really pleased that you managed to meet up with your family from different parts of the UK and that the weather was great for you - hope to meet up at some point Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sylvia5.0May 2023

  • "A lovely cottage that was very comfy and cosy."

    It had everything we needed. The bed was comfortable I slept so well. The parking was easy and close. The area is stunning with beautiful walks from the door. The property owner was the best host I have ever had. The information given was perfect for enjoying the area. I can't wait to return

    Thank you Gillian for your feedback, which is gratefully received. I am really pleased that you and your son enjoyed yourselves and managed to see the wonderful sites around the area which is steeped in history, I look forward to your return visit Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Sep 2022

  • "The property was incredibly well situated for those that like peace and quiet and lovely walks."

    It had everything that was needed to make for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday and the owner was very helpful, sending recommendations of places to go. I would be happy to stay there again.

    Laraine I am so pleased that you all enjoyed your visit to Crinan and the children enjoyed themselves as well. Thank you for staying and I hope to have you back again - remember I offer discounts to returning visitors Property Owner

    Reviewed by Laraine4.7Aug 2022

  • "Crinan Canal Cottage No8."

    This cottage is in a very quiet and picturesque situation in a beautiful area. As an old small cottage it might not be suitable for some one of reduced mobility. It is fully equipped with every thing you would expect for this type of rental. Certainly recommended for two people.

    Thank you Alan for your recent feedback. I am pleased that you both enjoyed your stay in the cottage which as you said is in a picturesque situation. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage with everything you could need."

    Perfect pitch for walking the canal with the dog. Garden was a sun trap and also secure for the dog so we could enjoy the beautiful sunshine. Thanks for a great stay.

    Many thanks for your review Jane which is appreciated. As you said the garden is a suntrap - that I know when I am trying to weed it. Thank you for staying and I hope to have you back at some point Pauline Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2022

  • "Cosy, cottage."

    Lovely garden. Amazing setting. Lots to do, beautiful scenery, interesting historical sites and incredible wildlife.

    Colette, I am really pleased that you all enjoyed your holiday North to meet family and friends. This is one of the best times to visit - just when everything is beginning to blossom and not been trampled down. Thanks for staying and I do hope to have you all back again to either cottage Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colette5.0May 2022

  • "A lovely cozy cottage, great log burner and very nice walks all round you."

    The owner was very helpful in places to visit.

    I am really pleased that your family and of course your lovely dog enjoyed the cottage and the area which you found interesting on your various walks as you certainly travelled a very long way - from South Coast of England I do hope to have you back again Thanks for staying Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Feb 2022

  • "We Had a lovely weeks stay in the holiday cottage!"

    The cottage itself is very compact and cosy! We particularly enjoyed the log burner in the evenings when it turned cold! It’s in a beautiful spot on the Crinan Canal and very handy for Lochgilphead which has some shops and supermarkets! Lots to see of interest around Kilmartin! Pauline is an excellent host and kept us updated on all there us to see and do in the area and also checked that everything was acceptable in the cottage! Would love to return!

    Karen really pleased that you enjoyed the cottage and the area which is full of historical interests and hearing that the dog loved the fire in the evening. I hope to have you all back in the summer months Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Nov 2021

  • "Cottage was spotless and very well equipped."

    Excellent log burner which our dog loved. Owner sent us loads of useful information on things to do and places to eat etc. Overall a very comfortable stay in a great location

    Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. We were so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and that your dog loved the log burner. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2021

  • "In particular, how helpful and informative Pauline, the owner is."

    She kept in contact to ensure that everything in the cottage was ok and to send information about places to visit. We know this area well but it was good to see some places we had not visited before. We enjoyed our stay so much that we are returning next year.

    Thank you for your kind words. It was very much appreciated. We were glad to hear you had a lovely stay and hope you are both well. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was really lovely inside and was in a stunning location next to the Crinan Canal."

    The location was perfect for exploring the West coast and islands. Pauline was very friendly and suggested loads of places to go, which was really helpful. Definitely a place we’d stay at again.

    Thanks very much - so glad you enjoyed your stay. It’s a pretty special location - the boats, canal,walks,cycling & scenery. We would love to see you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Justin5.0Sep 2021

  • "The host Pauline is brilliant."

    .. the help and wealth of information she provides is second to none.

    Really please that you enjoyed your stay in Cottage No8 and hope to have you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2021

  • "Amazing area to visit, had far more help and information sent by email from the owner than I have ever had before."

    All makes for an outstanding week during these torrid times. Cannot thank the owners enough.

    Thanks very much - so glad you enjoyed your stay. It’s a pretty special location - the boats, canal,walks,cycling & scenery. We would love to see you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Sep 2020

  • "Holiday venue is excellent lots of interesting things to do and see"

    Thank you so much for this lovely review. Delighted you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Aug 2020

  • "A lovely cottage in a great location, right by the side of the canal."

    Owner very helpful in providing local advice. Great area for walking and running holidays.

    Thank you so much for this lovely review - it’s very much appreciated. Delighted you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you back again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joyce4.7Aug 2019

  • "This is a lovely, little cottage on a very picturesque canal."

    There is a wood- burning stove, which kept us very cosy, as we were there in January. The cottage has everything you would need, and the water was piping hot for baths. Beds were comfy and the area peaceful and quiet. The surrounding area is beautiful. There is a hotel close by with good food (the fish pie was excellent!) The town of Lochgilphead has several gift shops and the views of the loch are a delight. There is also a swimming pool. Nearby Ardrishaig has a terrific cafe and is the start of the canal. The canal towpath takes you to Crinan. Bikes can be hired at Crinan Cycles in Lochgilphead. The canal stretches through beautiful countryside and is very well maintained. Crinan has a very picturesque canal basin and the views across Crinan Loch to Duntroon are breathtaking. This area is known for its ancient sites, cairns, carvings and standing stones. Other places to visit nearby are Tayvallich (with a great pub/ restaurant) , Kilmartin (museum and pub), Dunadd Fort ( ancient hill fort ), Crinan Ferry ( beach and walks) , Carnasserie Castle ( ancient ruin) , Tarbert ( picturesque port with lovely shops and cafes), Skipness ( the Seafood Shack has wonderful, fresh seafood) and Ardfern ( pub and terrific cafe). Near Tayvallich the nature reserve at Taynish has great walks and Keils Chapel is well worth a look. Near Tarbert, Stonefield Castle Hotel does good food with stunning views and Kilberry Inn has a well - deserved reputation for excellent cuisine. This is probably one of the loveliest areas in Scotland, and relatively undiscovered. You won't want to leave!

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Jan 2019

  • "Good area for lovely countryside and historical interest"

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Aug 2018

  • "Lovely cottage right on the Crinan Camal, very peaceful and quiet but within walking distance of a pub/hotel and a short drive to local shops."

    Cottage was very well equipped and cosy and clean. The owner was very helpful and offered lots of local knowledge. Stunning location.

    Reviewed by Joannr5.0Jul 2018

  • "The owner Pauline , was extremely informative and helpful over our weeks stay."

    Suggesting things to do, where to eat etc.

    Reviewed by Sharon4.8Jul 2017

  • "What a lovely cottage in a brilliant location."

    We are very interested in wildlife and eating great seafood,and this is certainly the area to enjoy both those things. The cottage was clean and cosy with everything we needed,we took our Dog along with us and enjoyed lovely walks. Pauline was very helpful,telling us places to visit and areas of interest,she does everything to ensure that you have a good holiday. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Nina5.0Jun 2017

  • "Lovely cottage and area."

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jun 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, Power shower and hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Newly refurbished kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking available with one allocated space - please only use this space
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Enclosed area with furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Garden is secure for dogs
  • Patio furniture.Sorry, no smoking
  • pub 10 mins walk
  • Note: Canal situated 50 yards away, children to be supervised at all times
  • Note: the bike storage shed is shared with No4 and also No8

The property

Kilmartin 5 miles.

This charming, mid-terrace cottage sits beside the Crinan Canal, in the hamlet of Cairnbaan, close to Kilmartin in beautiful Argyll on the West Coast of Scotland.

Providing comfortable and welcoming accommodation, set in a wonderful countryside setting, this cottage is great for small families and groups of friends to enjoy a retreat in this wonderful part of Scotland.

On entering the property you notice the character of the property with lovely wooden and tiled floors throughout.

The kitchen is nicely presented with everything available to create some great home-cooked meals to enjoy.

The sitting room is full of comfy sofas with a welcoming woodburning stove; a smashing place to relax in front of after a full day out and about.

There are two pleasant, comfortable bedrooms upstairs, with wonderful views of the countryside and beyond to the canal, with a family bathroom also.

To the outside of the property is an area with furniture.

This then leads out to a large grassy area, which makes a great place for kids to let off some steam, whilst you enjoy some relaxing time with something chilled to enjoy.

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 cottage to enjoy this part of Scotland at any time of the year.

Note: This cottage is next to Ref 27162, together they sleep 8 people.

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band E

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £125.

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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, pub, a castle and the Kilmartin House Museum with visitor centre next door, housing a café. 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.

Note: property may be unsuitable for the elderly or people with mobility issues