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The Cairnbaan Hotel is situated at Lock 5, approximately halfway along the 9 mile-long Crinan Canal.

It can be reached from the north (Inveraray) on the A83 or the A816 (Oban), or from the Cowal peninsula on the Tarbert - Portavadie ferry.

Cairnbaan, by
PA31 8SJ



Welcome to Cairnbaan Hotel

Price reduction for -  Free WiFi
Until June 30th - Dinner Bed and Breakfast from 69.00 per person based on two sharing minimum 2 nights (conditions apply)

About Us:

Welcome to the historic Cairnbaan Hotel which overlooks the scenic Crinan Canal.

The Cairnbaan Hotel was built in 1801 to coincide with the opening of the Crinan Canal, which is known as Scotland’s most beautiful short cut. For over two hundred years this gem of a hotel has serviced the needs of people travelling up and down the canal as well as visitors to Mid-Argyll from all over the world.

For the last ten years the hotel has been run by Darren and Christine Dobson, who have helped to maintain and enhance its reputation as one of Argyll’s finest and friendliest venues.

For more information, or to book, please enjoy our site or if you would prefer to talk to us please call at any time.


Darren and Christine.

--------------------------------------- Finding Us ----------------------------------------

From Glasgow or Edinburgh (including Glasgow Airport)

Follow the M8 Motorway to the Erskine Bridge - Cross the Erskine Bridge
Follow the signs for “Crianlarich, Loch Lomond and Campbeltown” on the A82

Continue following this sign through several roundabouts, passing by Dumbarton and Alexandria.
Continue along the A82 (passing Luss, Inverbeg and Tarbet on Loch Lomondside) to Arrochar.

From Arrochar, follow the A83 over the “Rest and be Thankful” mountain pass and continue on to Inveraray.
Continue through Inveraray on the A83 to Lochgilphead (passing through Furnace, Minard (watch out for the traffic lights!) and Lochgair).
At Lochgilphead you will come to a small roundabout. Follow the signs for “Oban”.

Cairnbaan Hotel is approximately two miles from this roundabout. The hotel is located on your left hand side and is a large stone building by Crinan Canal.

Car parking is available to the front and side of the hotel.

It is approximately 86 miles from Glasgow to Cairnbaan and the journey time is approximately 2 hours by car.

Should you have any difficulties en route, please do not hesitate to contact us at 01546 603 668 - we will be happy to assist.


The Cairnbaan Hotel was built in the latter part of the 18th century as a coaching inn to serve fishermen and puffers trading on the Crinan Canal.

Now, refurbished, it offers you a warm welcome typical of the West Coast.



To the south is Kintyre and the Isle of Arran via the Claonaig - Lochranza ferry.