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Artist Frances Macdonald and her husband, Nick Ryan, have run their laid-back hotel with ‘friendly informality’ for nearly half a century. More

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Crinan Hotel
Crinan
Argyll and Bute
PA31 8SR
Scotland
01546 830261
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Artist Frances Macdonald and her husband, Nick Ryan, have run their laid-back hotel with ‘friendly informality’ for nearly half a century. The large, white-painted building is in a ‘spectacular position’ overlooking the sea and a canal lock. ‘Filled with wonderful art’, it holds contemporary art exhibitions in its top-floor gallery. Simply furnished bedrooms, each hung with the works of a different Scottish artist, have ‘marvellous’ views of the rugged coast – ask for one with a private balcony. (Consider discussing room choices before booking – guests this year thought their room needed refreshing.) Watch the daily catch being landed, then served, in the popular, lively Seafood Bar (‘it was lovely to know our meal had been caught within hours of eating’). In the loch-facing Westward restaurant, settle in to a menu strong on local seafood. Summer weekends, book a seat in the rooftop restaurant, Lock 16, for a platter of jumbo prawns, devoured while the sun sets over the loch. Feeling inspired? Ask about a painting trip on the hotel’s 40-foot motor boat, skippered by the owners’ son, the artist Ross Ryan. 2 lounges, bar/bistro, 2 restaurants, coffee shop. Art gallery. Lift. Free Wi-Fi, in-room TV. No background music. Wedding, function facilities. ¼-acre garden (sheltered spots, spectacular views), patio. Treatment room (health and beauty). Children (£35 per night) and well-behaved dogs (by arrangement; own bedding required; £10 per night; not allowed in Westward restaurant) welcomed. Boat trips can be organised. 6 miles from Lochgilphead. 21 bedrooms (1 suitable for a family). Per room B&B £170–£280, D,B&B £210–£360. Closed Christmas, 4 Jan–end Feb.

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Crinan Hotel
Crinan
Argyll and Bute
PA31 8SR

Guest comments

'We really loved it . Laid back, slight time-warp (free-standing pine wardrobe and dressing table); Excellent seafood and wonderful views. ' - Helge Rubinstei - August, 2017
'A superb position for scenery gazing. Friendly informality and a leisurely ambiance make this a nice place to stay. Very welcoming. Our room, while not large, was big enough to accommodate our Labrador (dogs are welcome). Towels changed daily; nice toiletries replenished. Spanking white linen,fresh flowers and a nice view make the restaurant pleasant. The food is predominantly seafood, not to be missed. Food is also available in the bar Breakfast was entirely served. The cooked breakfasts were enjoyed, particularly scrambled egg and smoked salmon.The staff were patient with my varied requests. ' - ST - September, 2011

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Tourist attractions

  • Machrihanish Golf Course

    A championship natural links course, set on the Atlantic shore looking out to Ireland and Islay.

  • The Corryvreckan Whirlpool

    The Gulf of Corryvreckan, also called the Strait of Corryvreckan, is a narrow strait between the islands of Jura and Scarba in Argyll and Bute off Scotland's West Coast and only a few miles from Crinan. The whirlpool is on the northern side of the gulf, surrounding a pyramid-shaped basalt pinnacle that rises from depths of 70metres to 29metres at its rounded top. Flood tides and inflow from the Firth of Lorne to the west drive the waters of Corryvreckan to waves of over 30 feet (9metres) and the roar of the resulting maelstrom can be heard ten miles (16 km) away. Local boats do daily trips from Crinan to the Corryvreckan.

  • Keil Caves and St Columba's footprints

    Discover Keil Caves, which were occupied for centuries. Nearby you'll find St Columba's Chapel, St Columba's Well and St Columba's Footprints, which are carved in stone, a reminder that this is where he landed in Scotland in 563. Cross Southend Beach and you can clamber up the rock of Dunaverty, which was once the site of an important castle and witnessed a horrific massacre in 1647.