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A Step Back in Time

The Crinan Canal offers a range of outdoor activities from cruising the canal itself to walking... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Outstanding Beauty

We stopped overnight here and what a beautiful place, walked the dog along the path and was taken... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2018
Peter S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Crinan Canal offers a range of outdoor activities from cruising the canal itself to walking along its banks. You can stay in Crinan itself or take a day trip from Oban as we did. The Canal is relatively short but offers the visitor peace...More

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Reviewed 29 August 2018

We stopped overnight here and what a beautiful place, walked the dog along the path and was taken by the sheer beauty. Staff manning the lock gates are the most helpful and pleasant people you could meet. The food was outstanding and very well priced...More

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Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

We spent a very agreeable time having coffee and an ice cream below the Crinan Hotel by the side if the lock. There were comings and goings and plenty of attractive craft to admire.

Thank Jane A
Reviewed 10 August 2018

We cycled the length of the canal from Ardrishaig to Crinan and back along the really nice, new smooth tow path track. Loads to see and do on the canal, fun for all the family. There is a bird hide on the Crinan side of...More

Thank ughdar
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Well maintained, the Crinan canal is a route through Argyll for boats, avoiding the need to go around the Mull of Kintyre. Ardrishaig basin is a hub area for cafes and shops while at the other end Crinan basin has the hotel, cafe, chandlers, good...More

Thank bazB
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

We were recommended this stop by a stranger- wow! What a recommendation for a lovely spot. Historically interesting but also a beautiful spot with lovely views. Well worth a detour off the main road and a great walk along a the locks

Thank dellamoney
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

Sailing from the Clyde to the islands this lovely Canal offers beautiful scenery even if it is hard won with 13 manual locks. The staff were great and really helpful especially when you consider the Canal was short on water and there was a lot...More

Thank RogerSomerville
Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

Spent a beautiful afternoon at lock 11 having a picnic and watching the boats go past . What a lovely place in the most stunning area of Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿!

Thank Margaret M
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

If I hadn’t been told by a friend to visit I’d never have thought to go. The road goes down to single track with passing places but persevere, go beyond the hotel and arrive at the car park. The views are stunning. There’s a nice...More

2  Thank SL123
Reviewed 27 June 2018

After a delightful drive from Loch Lomond past Loch Long and down the west bank of Loch Fyne we reached Lochgilphead at the top of Loch Gilp. We then headed for Cairnbaan which is the Eastern end of the Crinan Canal. Driving along the B841...More

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29 May 2018|
Response from Alex B | Reviewed this property |
Depends on how many crew you have, or if you go through with another or other boats, lots of peeps to help with locks etc, in which case it can ne done relatively easily in a day, but if you're in no rush, the cost is the... More
13 March 2017|
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Response from Peter W | Reviewed this property |
It’s really too short for boat hire so is not set up for it.