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Crinan Canal Cottage

(Ref. 27162)

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
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Warm and welcoming. Very comfortable bed. Well equipped and in beautiful surroundings with plenty walks. Pity the local pub was closed and the midges were out but otherwise lovely.

    Many thanks Anne for your feedback which is always appreciatted and do hope that you will make your way North again and stay at cottage again - have good summer Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne4.7May 2024

  • "Comfortable cottage, plenty of information from owner, regarding places to visit, things to do."

    Many thanks for your feedback which is really appreciated and I hope to have you back again Property Owner

    Reviewed by M4.7Apr 2024

  • "Lovely cottage to stay in, will return sometime as it was so relaxing"

    Many thanks Neil - really appreciated and hope to see you back again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Apr 2024

  • "The owner couldn't do enough to make our stay comfortable and was very informative."

    The location was beautiful and perfect for those who love walking and nature. I would certainly recommend it to others

    Thanks Jason - really pleased that you had such a good Christmas here at Crinan where it can be magical and spectacular when it snows Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jason3.8Dec 2023

  • "Excellent stay in a superb cottage Brilliant location and really helpful ..."

    Excellent stay in a superb cottage Brilliant location and really helpful owner providing plenty of local information Will definitely return

    Many thanks John for your feedback and greatly appreciated - hope to have you back in the summer again Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2023

  • "Very good cottage and welcoming when you enter the cottage everything you needed was there and from the cottage areas around Scotland was amazing Pauline gave us areas to visit and eating places which we used especially the The Horse Inn which we would recommend and if you needed anything Pauline would help you well done."

    Thank you Paul for your lovely feedback which is appreciated and I look forward to welcoming you all back when you see more of the historic places here that are being rediscovered in the Glen almost daily Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2023

  • "An excellent holiday cottage."

    Well placed for the wonderful archaeology and wildlife of Scotland's west coast. A five minute drive at dusk and we saw wild beavers, also the internationally important archaeological sites around Kilmartin are only a short drive away. Plenty of other wildlife; eagles, red squirrels, goshawk, sea ducks and woodland birds. The Atlantic rainforests are an amazing place to see ferns, mosses and fungi. Pauline was probably the most attentive host we have stayed with, thanks for all your help.

    Thank you so much Graham for your amazing feedback and I am really pleased that you managed to to pack so much into your week here and I do look forward to having you back again to complete your studies. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Aug 2023

  • "Had a lovely week at Crinan Canal Cottage."

    Well equipped cost cottage in great location and Pauline was a great host! We will definitely be back.

    Thank you so much for your lovely review - which is greatly appreciated and I look forward to having you both back again together with your beautiful dog - whose coat was amazing - not sure how you keep it so clean Thank you for staying Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2023

  • "Cosy, clean, comfortable cottage, wonderful location between pre-historic sites around kilmartin and Atlantic rainforest in knapdale."

    Perfect for long walks with the dog in stunning scenery. Very helpful owner who clearly wanted us to have the best holiday. Highly recommended.

    Many thanks Gary for your feedback - which is really appreciated and really pleased that you both enjoyed the various site together with your four legged friend. It is doggie heaven Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jun 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Crinan canal cottage."

    It was nice and cosy and very homely and we would recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet break. The owner provided lots of local information.

    Sheena, thank you for you lovely feedback and I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay at the cottage - I do hope that you will return and maybe we can meet up - Pauline Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sheena5.0Mar 2023

  • "The cottage was extremely clean, tidy and fully equipped for our Christmas holidays of 2 with our dog."

    The location was ideal to explore the surrounding canal paths and forests. Also it was a short drive from Oban, Inveraray and Campbelltown which we visited. Pauline (our host) was very helpful both before and during our stay with suggestions of the local attractions and places to eat. Despite being winter the cottage was warm and the log fire created a cosy atmosphere. We are looking forward to returning during the spring- summer time to explore more of this beautiful part of the world.

    Thank you for your fantastic feedback, especially when the weather was not too kind to you, I am really pleased that you will be returning in the summer months and we can finally. meet and introduce our little four legged friends Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gerasimia5.0Dec 2022

  • "Had a super holiday in lovely cottage."

    Superb base for visiting surrounding area. Weather a bit mixed, but it is Scotland. Nice to have the woodburner at this time of year. Would hope to arrange another visit.

    Alexander thank you for your lovely feed back - which is gratly appreciated and I do hope that you will make a return visit when the weather will be a bit better Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alexander4.7Oct 2022

  • "The property was excellent, clean, homely and comfortable in a lovely location."

    Even the neighbours were friendly. Pauline is an excellent host and goes out of her way to ensure the guests have everything they need and that their stay is as good as it can be. We will certainly be back to stay in this property again and to explore more of the locality.

    Thank you Phil for your lovely feedback and I am really pleased that you enjoyed your stay and really look forward to having you back again. Thanks again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Jun 2022

  • "Outside area is good although the bushes needing cut back by the gate and door."

    The owner was lovely and couldn't do enough for us when we had an upset with neighbour a few doors down concerning our dogs. The area as a whole is great, path right onto canal. Tried the local pub at end of road for lunch and loved the vegetarian options.

    The Clematis and Honeysuckle which would have been in full flower and actually belongs to my neighbour and is absolutely beautiful - most visitors comment on it and also the perfume it gives off, once the blooms have died down sadly it gets cut down by my neighbour. I am pleased I managed placate the upset with the neighbour due to your dogs being allowed to run about without a lead during lambing season - when all dogs have to be kept on leads in the country. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne3.4Apr 2022

  • "Excellent base for a relaxing holiday and lots to do that filled each day."

    Owner was very helpful and kept in touch through lead up to the holiday. Cottage was very clean and well stocked. The log fire was very necessary as electric heating keeps off the chill but you need the heat of the fire when the temperature outside drops. Parking was always OK and the neighbours were very friendly. Our two little dogs had a very enjoyable stay.

    I am really pleased that you all enjoyed your holiday - especially your little doggies and sister. as you all have waited so long for this holiday. You have just experienced the coldest week in years even though the sun was out during the day and dry the temperature did drop at night and great to hear that the new log fire came up to expectations. Thank you for staying Property Owner

    Reviewed by Geoff4.7Mar 2022

  • "We've just had a fantastic week at Crinan Canal Cottage."

    The cottage is in a fantastic location, really close to brilliant places to visit, down a peaceful lane beside the canal. The cottage was great, just what we wanted. It was clean, warm (we were there for a wet week in winter) and comfortable with everything in excellent condition and well maintained. It had all of the facilities to make it a great home for the week - wood burning stove, room heaters, washer, dish washer, cooker, fridge, tv etc. The owner has been brilliant throughout, sending useful information such as potential places to visit before our stay and even a couple of updates on where was open whilst we were there (handy for January and during a pandemic). Nina our dog loved the cottage and location too. We'd happily go back and recommend it to anyone.

    Eleanor, many thanks for your fantastic feedback - which is much appreciated especially as you said for a rather wet week here in Argyll. I am also pleased that you found the information sent useful - when most of the places were closed. I look forward to welcoming you both and not forgetting your four legged friend Nina back at some point when you can really see what the Crinan Canal has to offer. Thank you for staying Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eleanor5.0Jan 2022

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in a fabulous position right on the canal."

    Would definitely go again & would recommend to anybody. The host was fabulous, gave us lots of information as to where we should visit

    Marion. thank you so much for your lovely feedback which is really appreciated and I look forward to maybe seeing you both again in the future. Meanwhile take care and stay safe. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Nov 2021

  • "Lovely stay, the cottage was warm and cosy, even without the woodburner but this was a bonus and we did use it in the evening."

    It is well equipped and a really convenient location for amenities and walks. My only slight issue and only reason for not giving 5 stars for everything was the mattress; I struggle with my back and found it a quite lumpy and uncomfortable but it wouldn't put me off staying again I would just take my own pillows & supports next time. The owner was really friendly and helpful, giving us lots of information and recommendations for things to do. We even had some good weather and the dog loved being in the enclosed garden in the sun. The green that separates the cottages from the canal road was great for exercising the dog on too and meant you weren't coming out of the cottage straight onto the road which was great.

    Thank you for your feedback. I was sorry that you found the mattress uncomfortable due the fact that you struggle with your back. Rest assured the mattress was replaced in April 2021. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Natalie4.7Nov 2021

  • "We spent an enjoyable week in this well-equipped cottage, despite wet weather on several days."

    It is less than 100m from the Crinan Canal towpath which leads to great walks in the surrounding forests, in turn leading to stunning and ever-changing views across Loch Crinan and Mòine Mhór. An interesting afternoon looking at the archeology around Kilmartin (unfortunately the museum was closed for renovation) as well as wandering around the 19th Century canal, which is still in good working order. Seafood at the Crinan Hotel and the Tayvallich Inn, only a short trip by car, was unmissable! Overall, an excellent base for a relaxing break.

    Thank you for your lovely review. We were really pleased you enjoyed visiting the local area. Thank you so much for the lovely photographs you so kindly sent us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roger4.7Oct 2021

  • "What a super cottage."

    We enjoyed our stay very much in this delightful ,well equipped,home from home in a lovely location.Greatly recommended!

    Thank you Susan for your lovely feed back - which is really appreciated. I am pleased that you and your family enjoyed Argyll and the scenery together with the Autumn colours Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2021

  • "The cottage is well equipped and comfortable but the stairs to the bedroom are very steep anyone who is getting a little older need to be aware of this before booking."

    Thank you for you lovely comments. Rest assured there are banisters either side of the stairs. Best wishes, The Owner of Crinan Canal Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eileen4.7Sep 2021

  • "The cottage is well equipped, comfortable and it a excellent location."

    Garden dog safe plenty of games to entertain children. Pauline goes over and beyond to help and gives you lots of information on the area. Well worth our long road trip.

    Many thanks for your comments. I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to having you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Aug 2021

  • "Fabulous cottage."

    Comfortable, Covid Safe. Pauline gave so much information to help our stay be perfect- Highly recommended. Visited Oban- The Green Shack is a MUST for any fish lovers as is a day trip over to Mull. Lots to do locally from walking to wild swimming if thats your thing.

    Many thanks for you comments Paul and family. I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay and managed to visit many of the excellent things that the area has to offer. You will ahve to come back and see more. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2021

  • "Crinan Canal Cottage number 4 is a beautiful cosy cottage."

    Well maintained and has every mod con you could wish for. It’s extremely dog friendly with beautiful walks. Pauline the owner was excellent in providing information about places to visit and asking us if we were ok or needed anything. The area is stunning with so much to see and do. A week wasn’t long enough.

    I am really please that you managed to see the area around the cottage with your lovely dog and hope to have you back again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Jun 2021

  • "We had a great stay, the cottage was in an ideal interesting location to explore the area."

    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 Mick4.4Jun 2021

  • "A nicely presented Cottage in a great area with lots of lovely walks & cycle tracks together with terrific scenery."

    Owner provided lots & lots of local information(walks, castles, gardens & other places of interest

    Reviewed by Colin4.4May 2021

  • "The area is very peaceful, lots to see and do."

    Owner keeps you informed if any events or places of interest for you

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Aug 2019

  • "The area is very peaceful, lots to see and do."

    Owner keeps you informed if any events or places of interest for you

    Miss MartinAug 2019

  • "Another excellent week in this lovely cottage with all mod cons."

    A great location to explore Crinan,Argyll & the isles. Great facilities to come back to and relax, including a peaceful garden and quiet 10min stroll by the canal to Cairnbaan Hotel for a local ale or 2.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Jun 2019

  • "Another excellent week in this lovely cottage with all mod cons."

    A great location to explore Crinan, Argyll & the isles. Great facilities to come back to and relax, including a peaceful garden and quiet 10min stroll by the canal to Cairnbaan Hotel for a local ale or 2.

    Ms StenhouswJun 2019

  • "Perfect location for a weekend family break in a beautiful part of Scotland."

    Cottage is really cosy and with everything we need. Log burner was great for warming us up after the "slightly damp" west coast weather.

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Mar 2019

  • "Perfect location for a weekend family break in a beautiful part of Scotland."

    Cottage is really cosy and with everything we need. Log burner was great for warming us up after the "slightly damp" west coast weather.

    Mr HunterMar 2019

  • "This cottage is in Cairnbaan, a small village on the Crinan Canal about three miles from Lochgilphead."

    The cottage was very comfortable and had everything anyone could want, including a log fire if the evenings are cold. Although Cairnbaan is small with just a pub (which does excellent meals). there are so many things to do in the area. Every day was filled with trips out to historical sights and museums, interesting towns, and excellent pubs and restaurants. The walking was wonderful, both on the canal and on the Kintyre Way and not a midge was seen all week! Altogether a wonderful trip.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2018

  • "Good location, nice cottage."

    Reviewed by Heather4.1May 2018

  • "The cottage met our expectations and indeed the owner was extremely helpful and kept in contact with us all week to make sure everything was OK."

    We had a lovely holiday in this exceptionally beautiful part of Scotland.

    Reviewed by Carol4.7Apr 2018

  • "Wonderful setting, cosy and comfortable cottage and superb hospitality from its owner."

    Reviewed by Norman4.4Mar 2018

  • "Absolutely loved this cottage."

    Weve walked and walked and walked. The scenery is amazing. Theres loads to do and see. Our Irish Setter loved it. Would definitely recommend especially if you like the great outdoors. We relaxed in the evenings in front of the lovely log burner with a glass of wine and the telly on ! Perfect :)

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Nov 2017

  • "Lovely spot by the canal."

    Ideal for dog walkers. Lots of places nearby to walk.

    Reviewed by Michael4.2Aug 2017

  • "The cottage was lovely, clean, comfortable and well equipped."

    The owner was very helpful and provided us with lots of useful information and web links which enabled us to plan activities and book them easily. There is so much to do and see locally and everyone was really friendly. We had a great week, many walks (we saw a beaver) boat trips (seals,eagles and the whirlpool) visited ancient sites and the Kilmartin museum but also enjoyed just chilling out at the cottage, cooking, reading or watching the boats navigating the canal. The lads were pleased the WiFi was there to keep in touch with friends but most of the time we were doing things together which is what a family holiday is all about. The whole area is full of beautiful places and interesting things to do and see. Most of it totally free. We came home refreshed with tales to tell.

    Reviewed by Linda4.6Aug 2016

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  • 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 , WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking with one allocated space - please only use this space
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Garden with patio furniture
  • Fishing available on Crinan Canal (no permit required)
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Garden is secure for dogs
  • Patio furniture Sorry, no smoking
  • Note: Canal situated 50 yards away, children to be supervised at all times
  • Note: the bike storage shed is shared with No4 and also No 8

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.

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.

This cottage is next to Ref 954421, together they sleep 8 people.

EPC Rating: Band F

EPC Rating: Band E

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: AR-00661-F

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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas