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20 Cairnbaan Cottages, Cairnbaan, By Lochgilphead, Argyll

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This lovely, traditional, end-terraced cottage is set in an idyllic location on the banks of the Crinan Canal in Cairnbaan in Argyll on the west coast of Scotland. Cairnbaan is situated about half way along the Crinan Canal which leads from Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne to Crinan on the Atlantic coast. This is an excellent location for walking and cycling, particularly along the Crinan Canal tow path but also along the many nearby woodland tracks. The Cairnbaan Hotel is only 10 minutes walk from the cottage and serves high quality locally sourced food in the bar and restaurant.

There are lots of attractions and activities to see and do in the local area, including walking, cycling (including mountain bike trails), ancient Standing Stones and Cairns at Kilmartin Glen and Museum, boat trips to the world famous Corryvreckan whirlpool and also wildlife and whale watching trips, enjoying the spectacular scenery, visiting castles (Inveraray and Dunstaffnage) and spectacular gardens (Crarae and Arduaine).

If you like going to the beach, you can cycle or drive to Crinan Ferry (about 4 miles) where you will find a lovely sandy beach and great views. The Mull of Kintyre is a lovely area to explore and has some fantastic sandy beaches suitable for picnics, body boarding and the world-famous Machrihanish Golf Course (Great Scottish links collection). You can also catch ferries for day trips to the islands of Islay and Jura (famous for their whisky distilleries), Gigha and Arran.

There are two adult mountain bikes available for use - additional bikes can easily be hired from Lochgilphead. A good route is to cycle or walk along the Crinan Canal tow path from Cairnbaan to Crinan (about 4.5 miles), here you will see the yachts entering and leaving the canal. At Crinan, there is a coffee shop serving lovely home baking and light refreshments and the award-winning Crinan Hotel - renowned for its world-class seafood restaurant. There are many other cycling/walking routes detailed in the cottage guest information.

The town of Lochgilphead is only 3 miles from Cairnbaan and has a supermarket, petrol stations, banks, shops, pubs, Indian and Chinese restaurants, a chip shop, a swimming pool, sports centre and a 9 hole golf course open to visitors. If you wish to explore further afield, Oban is known as the 'Gateway to the Isles' and here you can catch ferries to several Inner Hebridean islands including Mull, Iona, Tiree and Colonsay.

  • Sleeps - 4
  • Bedrooms - 2 (1 double, 1 twin)
  • Bathrooms - 1 with over bath shower
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • TV with integrated DVD/video/CD stereo/Playstation 2
  • Log fire with initial supply of coal/logs provided
  • Electric heating
  • Garden with views directly over the Crinan Canal
  • Garden furniture
  • Driveway to park cars
  • Pets welcome under responsible supervision
  • Short breaks outside peak times
  • No smoking
  • Lochgilphead 3 miles, Oban 34 miles
  • Inveraray 28 miles, Crinan 5 miles, Kilmartin 6 miles
  • Glasgow Airport - 82 miles
  • Oban station - 34 miles
  • The Cairnbaan Hotel (10 minute stroll along the canal bank); Crinan Hotel, 5 miles; Kilmartin Hotel, 6 miles; others in Lochgilphead.
  • Golf Courses - 9 hole at Lochgilphead 3 miles, 9 hole at Tarbert 16 miles, 18 hole at Oban 34 miles, 18 hole at Machrihanish 56 miles
  • Great walking and cycling from the doorstep
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Farsain Loch Cruises (Craobh Haven) 15 miles, Craignish Cruises (Ardfern) 14 miles
  • Horse Riding (Lunga) 15 miles
  • Swimming pools - Lochgilphead 3 miles, Oban 34 miles
  • Mid Argyll Sports Centre, Lochgilphead (squash, badminton, tennis, cardio and weights gym) 3 miles
  • Kilmartin Museum
  • Crofting Museum near Inveraray
  • National Trust for Scotland Gardens at Arduaine and Crarae

Situated on the banks of the Crinan Canal in a stunning location with the tow path and canal directly in front of the cottage, giving a great outlook. There is a driveway for parking and an enclosed garden where guests can relax and watch the yachts on the canal.

Inside the cottage there is a kitchen/diner and a lounge downstairs. The kitchen has been newly fitted and includes an electric oven with ceramic hob, fridge freezer, microwave and washing machine. Off the kitchen is the dining area, with a table and four chairs.

The cosy living room has an open log fire, a 2 seater sofa, 2 chairs and a window with views over the canal and surrounding countryside. There is a TV/DVD, stereo, video and Play Station 2 with a small library of DVDs, videos and PS2 games. There is also an under-stair storage cupboard.

Upstairs is a bathroom with over bath shower and two bedrooms. The main bedroom has a double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and great views over the canal and surrounding countryside. The second bedroom has twin beds, a chest of drawers and views out to the woodland to the rear of the cottage.

Cottage directions:
Cairnbaan is about 3 miles north of Lochgilphead, Argyll on the A816 Lochgilphead to Oban road. Turn off the A816 onto the B841 (signposted Crinan), continue past the Cairnbaan Hotel and instead of crossing the canal road bridge, turn right (straight on) onto a single track road which follows along the side of the Crinan Canal. Continue on this road for about half a mile and after Lock No. 8, take the track to the right and about 50m along, you will see the cottage, first on your left. The gates at the side of the house lead into the parking area and garden.

What's included:
The price includes electric heating. An initial supply of logs, coal and kindling is provided, more may be purchased locally.
All bed linen, towels and tea towels are provided.
2 adult mountain bikes are provided (1 ladies, 1 gents)
Small library of DVDs, videos, PS2 games, books and board games.
Pets welcome under responsible supervision.

Cost and availability:
The cottage is available for rent throughout the year.
Change over day is Saturday with check out by 10am and check in 3pm.
Short breaks outside peak times.

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20 Cairnbaan Cottages, Cairnbaan, By Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8SX Scotland, UK

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