Crinan Canal Cottage No8

What to Expect

This original stone mid-terrace Cairnbaan cottage sits in the dramatic west Scottish isles and is ideal for a small group of friends or family, including a well behaved dog, to get away from it all.

Its canal-side location is at the heart of the community, with both natural and man-made waterways all around. Its private garden with outdoor furniture lets you make the most of the big skies and fresh air in peace and quiet.

Take a walk or bike along the Crinan canal, visit the mystical stone circles nearby, explore the acres of woodland and take boat trips out to the Islands to see the bird and sea life.

At A Glance

Unique location
Original cottage
Canal-side site
Enclosed garden
Outdoor furniture
Log burner


Bike storage
Electric oven/hob
Broadband + wifi
Freeview tv
1 x off road parking
Pub 10 min walk

About Crinan Canal Cottage No8

Sleeping four in two first floor bedrooms, one double and one twin, first-floor bathroom with stand-alone bath, hand held shower, wash hand basin and WC.

Bike storage on the ground floor, separate sitting room with log burning stove in original fireplace, comfy leather sofa and armchair with flatscreen Freeview tv, separate kitchen and dining area with four-seat dining suite.

Private garden to the rear, with outdoor furniture, lush foliage and a large lawned area, then a charming wooden fence leads onto grassy fields. One of several Crinan Canal cottages in the heart of the village with off-road parking for one vehicle.

Map of Area

Things To Do in Cairnbaan

There is so much space around Cairnbaan that adults of all ages, kids and dog can all stretch their legs to their hearts’ content. The Crinan Canal itself is only 50 yards away from the cottage, so be careful if you have small children with you. There are miles of walks and cycleways up and down the canal, which connects the Sound of Jura in the west to Loch Gilp in the southeast. Along the way, you can take a Dunardry Forest Walk, which is relatively easy but exhilarating, with superb views of the Sound and the isles all around this part of western Scotland.

Stop off for a drink in the Kilmartin Hotel by the famous Cairbaan Bridge over the canal in the village and look at the Kilmartin House Museum. Here you’ll discover the area’s importance in Scottish Gaelic history and culture. With that in mind, take a walk to the Temple Wood Stone Circle (there are actually two of them), used as a funeral place of worship since 3000 BC. More recent history (only five hundred years old) is displayed at Carnasserie Castle and the iron age hill fort at Dunadd.

Try one of the public or private boat charters from Crinan, which visit the Isle of Jura and the Gulf of Corryvreckan whirlpool, among other attractions. Along the way, keep a lookout for some of the most diverse marine life in all of Scotland. Take a drive to the village of Tarbert for ferries to the islands of Gigha, Arran and Islay.

Last Word

This cottage is a great place to get away from the modern world while still feeling part of a local community. The Crinan Canal is vital to the village and is both a link to history and its economic lifeblood. Enjoy the miles of free walks and bike rides all along its banks, stopping off at the locks along the way. Take a diversion into the managed forests, and maybe try some beaver spotting with the dog. Mother nature has plenty to benefit physical and mental health in this special part of the world, whatever your energy levels.

Steep yourselves in history, from neolithic burial sites to iron age forts and renaissance towers, all overlooking endless land and waterways, which you won’t find anywhere else in the UK. Of course, along the way, you’ll need to stop off for rest and refreshment, and there are strategically placed hotels all along the canal. Perhaps a glass of whiskey might help, and they make that just over the water in Jura.

The lochs and isles here are pretty accessible, unlike those further up the coast and in the Highlands. However you spend your days out, you’ll be coming home to your private garden where you can enjoy the peaceful evenings before a great night’s sleep.
Crinan Canal Cottage No8
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