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Seafood is an art at this ‘friendly, informal’ hotel in a ‘spectacular position’ overlooking the sea and a canal lock. More

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Crinan Hotel
Argyll and Bute
PA31 8SR.
Tel 01546 830261,

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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.

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All ages welcomed (£35 per night).


Well-behaved dogs allowed by arrangement, not in Westward restaurant (£10 per night, own bedding required).

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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.

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Special offers

Autumn and Winter Special Offer

Autumn and Winter Special Offer. £115 per room per night. Subject to availability. Includes complimentary cream tea on arrival. Boat trips daily on the MV Sgarbh until the end of October Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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Crinan Hotel
Argyll and Bute
PA31 8SR.

Guest comments

'We had a superb third-floor room with an enormous picture window. It was large, with a superb bed and plenty of storage space. Oddly only one available power point - to use it you had to unplug a table lamp. We ate in the bar as we didn't want a full restaurant meal. Half the tables were reserved for non-resident; we felt residents should have had priority. But the dinner was unpretentious bar food and very good. ' - Alan & Edwina Williams - September, 2017
'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
'I walked in off the street and was fortunate enough to be given a room. It was small, with a queen-sized bed, the last room available. The bathroom was very dated but there was plenty of hot water which was good. The bed linen was excellent with lovely pillows. The bed was really comfortable. This hotel is in a beautiful location but it comes at a price - it suffers from being a bit dated and dowdy. It has the potential to be wonderful, as the setting is incredible, and the food very good. ' - CE - July, 2017

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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.