New Year, Mar–Christmas.
Lift, 2 lounges, bar/bistro, 3 restaurants, coffee shop, art gallery, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, ¼-acre garden (sheltered spots), patio, wedding/function facilities, health and beauty treatment room.
All ages welcomed (£35 per night).
Well-behaved dogs allowed by arrangement, not in Westward restaurant (£10 per night, own bedding required).
Diners, MasterCard, Visa.
Per room B&B from £110. Set dinner (Westward) £45, à la carte (Seafood bar) £26.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Seafood is an art at this ‘friendly, informal’ hotel in a ‘spectacular position’ overlooking the sea and a canal lock. It has been owned and run by artist Frances Macdonald and her husband, Nick Ryan, for nearly half a century. Watch the daily catch of langoustines being landed just in time for dinner, then pull up a seat at a table in the lively Seafood bar, the loch-facing Westward restaurant or the summertime rooftop restaurant, Lock 16. ‘It was lovely to know our meal had been caught hours before eating.’ Simply furnished bedrooms have views of the canal basin or over Loch Crinan towards the islands of Scarba and Mull. ‘Our room was of a good size, with lovely linen on the large double bed. The decor was fresh but plain; a big picture window opened on to a balcony overlooking the lock.’ Art lovers, check out the ‘wonderful contemporary art’ in the top-floor gallery. Painting trips on the hotel’s 40-foot motor boat can be arranged. 6 miles from Lochgilphead.
Midsummer Special Offer
During July, August & September, book online on the Crinan Hotel’s website for B&B for 2 people in a Classic Double room at a special discounted rate of £195 per night for up to 3 nights. (Selected dates only – subject to availability) You can then choose to dine in the Westward Restaurant, the Seafood Bar or maybe just have fish & chips in the pub bar where the full Seafood Bar menu is also available. Book online at the Hotel’s website via this link – Crinan Hotel Special Offers – or phone 01546 830261. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking and then you can enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival. And for some selected weeks this summer, if you book a three-night stay in a Classic room starting on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday the Crinan Hotel will give you the third night’s B&B for free! (This offer is calculated on our normal summer rate of £230 per night for a Classic room.) During the week throughout October, November and December you can book 3 nights for the price of 2 at Autumn rates when rooms are available. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.
10% discount voucher
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.
A championship natural links course, set on the Atlantic shore looking out to Ireland and Islay.
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.
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.