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Crinan Hotel, Argyll, Scotland
The Crinan Hotel is situated on the waterfront at Loch Crinan on Scotland's west coast, just seven miles from Lochgilphead and 35 miles from Oban. An inn has been on this site for more than 300 years and the hotel has been owned by the Ryan family for over 40 years, who offer colourful hospitality and artistic flair. Rooms enjoy spectacular views and the three restaurants provide everything from simple fish and chips to award-winning gourmet dishes. Its cosy pub makes it even more difficult to leave for the day but if you do there's everything from wonderful boat trips to horse riding, and discovering the astonishing number of prehistoric standing stones and carved rocks just up the road at Kilmartin Glen.
There's a delightful woodland walk that starts by the hotel, taking you up a hill to panoramic views over the Sound of Jura and the surrounding countryside.
Located at the top of the Crinan Canal, explore the sights by boat or take the Crinan Trail by foot.
By train: trains run from Glasgow or Edinburgh to Oban station. It's an hour's drive to the hotel. thetrainline.com
By plane: direct flights from London or Birmingham to Glasgow. The hotel is a 2-hour drive from the airport. Free parking on-site. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Lovers of the sea, hearty walks amongst spectacular scenery and the best seafood will especially enjoy it here. The Trumpton-like canal basin by the hotel is very pretty, has a cute little mini-lighthouse and is a great spot for boat watching.
Service & Facilities
We loved the homely feel of the hotel, and its village.
- Art gallery
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The hotel has some rooms specially allocated to dogs; guests must bring their own dog bed and there's a small extra charge
Having a room with a balcony so as to enjoy a drink during sunset was an added treat. It was great to look out of the window to the islands of Mull, Jura and Scarba.
Classic Room, Balcony Room, Superior Room
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The seafood is so fresh - the langoustines are landed 20m from the hotel kitchen, in time for dinner. The pub is cosy and characterful, and a great place to meet the locals.
The Westward: classic British cuisine, locally sourced ingredients. Open for dinner.
The Fisherman's Pub: traditional British pub, serving classics and seafood bar menu. Open for lunch and dinner.
Crinan Seafood Bar: gastropub, fresh seafood including lobster, Loch Fyne scallops and sharing platter. Open for lunch and dinner.