Stay near Cairnbaan and Lochgilphead and explore the Crinan Canal

Cairnbaan nestles on the banks of Argyll's famous Crinan Canal which runs through some of Europe's most stunning scenery from Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne to Crinan on the Atlantic Coast.

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This is an excellent location for walking and cycling, particularly along the Crinan Canal tow path. If you’re feeling more adventurous then there are plenty of woodland tracks to explore and if you venture above the village you can find some prehistoric art known as 'cup and ring marks' dating from the Iron Age (presumably nothing to do with old cups of coffee!). Dating from the 18th century, The Cairnbaan Hotel is known not just for its architectural beauty, but for serving some delicious locally sourced seafood.

As a base to explore Argyll, renting self catering accommodation near Cairnbaan would be hard to beat. Kilmartin Glen and Museum has the most wonderful collection of ancient standing stones. While boat trips to the world famous Corryvreckan whirlpool are hard to beat for excitement.

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 (made famous by Paul McCartney and Wings) is a lovely area to explore and has some fantastic sandy beaches suitable for picnics, body boarding. And let’s not forget the world-famous Macrihanish 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.

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.

  • Lochgilphead 3 miles, Oban 34 miles
  • Inveraray 28 miles, Crinan 5 miles, Kilmartin 6 miles
  • Glasgow Airport - 82 miles
  • Oban station - 34 miles
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Getting to Cairnbaan Hotel

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), you will pass the Cairnbaan Hotel.