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OVERVIEW

The Crinal Hotel has been a mainstay of this delightful corner of Argyll for many years - and with good reason. It boasts a wonderful, tranquil location with stunning landscapes, excellent food and a huge range of whiskies and other drinks in its cosy bar.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

This hotel is the centre of things in the delightful little village of Crinan, named after the canal that dominates it. Situated on the canal basin, which never gets particularly busy, there are forts, ancient sites, rock art, paths, towpaths and shoreline to explore nearby. It's a great base for boat trips to the Isle of Jura, the Corryvreckan whirlpool and for spotting sea eagles, seals, minke whales and a lot more. Classic yacht charters can be arranged, and it's a short detour for cyclists on The Caledonia Way.

By train: trains run from Glasgow or Edinburgh to Oban station. It's an hour's drive to the hotel. Book trains to Oban.

By plane: direct flights from London or Birmingham to Glasgow. The hotel is a 2-hour drive from the airport. Free parking on-site. Book flights.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

The bedrooms could do with a little updating but some of the public areas are full of character. There's a relaxed air here, which is not surprising considering the easy-going feel of the locality and it's great for lovers of the outdoors.

THE FACILITIES

Service here is always attentive. It's not a place stacked with lots of facilities, what draws people here is the wonderful location and easygoing ambience. Owner Frances MacDonald and her son Ross Ryan are accomplished artists and painting holidays, art masterclasses and professional guidance are all available.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Art gallery
  • Dog-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

All rooms have stunning sea views or views over the canal basin and have super-king-sized, king-sized or twin beds. They feature original works of art and have fresh garden flowers, white Egyptian bedding and a pleasant bathroom with both bath and shower. Some have balconies.

Room types: Classic Room, Balcony Room, Superior Room

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Arran Aromatics toiletries, bathrobes, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

The hotel has three restaurants, including one on the rooftop and one that's bistro-style. Menus feature seafood freshly caught nearby and other locally-sourced produce, such as lamb and beef. There are vegetarian options too. There's a cosy bar with a little stove and kilim-covered antique solid wooden furniture, a comprehensive wine list, local beers and more than 50 whiskies.

The Westward: classic British cuisine, locally sourced ingredients. Open for dinner.

Crinan Seafood Bar: gastropub, fresh seafood including lobster and Loch Fyne scallops. Open for lunch and dinner.

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