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The Crinan Hotel is a magnificently eccentric hotel in Argyll on Scotland's beautiful west coast.  The Hotel is situated on the waterfront at Loch Crinan 6.5 miles from Lochgilphead and 35 miles from Oban.

The Old Inn at Crinan

There has been an inn on this site for over 300 years and the Crinan Hotel has been owned by the Ryan family for over 40 years.  Our guests are treated to many original and authentic touches and a charming artistic flair.  Visitors enjoy genuine warmth and colourful hospitality in a hotel which respects its history and place in a stunning and wild environment. 

All of the hotel bedrooms have breathtaking views of the sea, some have private balconies and each room is dedicated to a famous Scottish artist.  All rooms have fresh flowers and a selection of Arran Aromatics toiletries in the bathroom.

The Crinan Hotel in the 21st century

Located at the north end of the Crinan Canal, Crinan has been a fishing port for over 200 years. It is unique and unspoilt. Jumbo prawns (langoustines) are landed 20 metres from the hotel kitchen at 17.00 hours in time for dinner. The Westward Restaurant (Michelin Recommended in 2018) serves fine and exciting fare. The Crinan Seafood Bar is deliciously more informal. Scottish beef, hill lamb, lobsters and Colonsay oysters and locally sourced organic produce are served in both.  Lock 16, our famous Seafood restaurant which has won many accolades including best Seafood Restaurant in the UK, is open during the summer on Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner and for private parties at anytime.  Another popular option is to have fish and chips in our pub, The General's Bar, which is next door to the Seafood Bar.  Vegetarian options are also available - you can see sample menus via this page: Crinan Hotel Food and Drink

The seafood is caught by small local boats and if you would like to get to sea yourself boat trips to the Isle Jura and the Gulf of Corryvreckan offer the chance to spot sea eagles, seals, minke whales and much more.  Classic yacht charters can also be arranged.

There is a wide variety of things to do at Crinan and in the surrounding area.  You can enjoy stunning walks, cycling and mountain biking, kayaking and horseriding and this is the heart of Dalriada, Historic Scotland!  There is an astonishing number of prehistoric standing stones and carved rocks just up the road at Kilmartin Glen.  Golfers can head for Machrihanish Championship Links Course, an easy drive from Crinan. The Hotel also has a Secret Garden featured in Scotland’s Garden Scheme.  

National Route 78The hotel is ideally located for cyclists on "The Caledonia Way" - National Route 78 of the National Cycle Network passes less than 2 miles from the Crinan Hotel and the detour to get to us is easy cycling along the level, car-free canal towpath.

Crinan has become a magnet for many of Scotland’s top artists who stay, paint and exhibit regularly. Frances Macdonald (Ryan), who exhibits at the Portland Gallery in London and the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, is the resident artist and proprietor of the Hotel. Her son Ross Ryan, who shows internationally, is also represented.  Guided painting holidays are now available at the Crinan Hotel and Art Master Classes and professional guidance can be arranged.

Please keep an eye on our Special Offers page to see if you can snap up a bargain for your visit to the Crinan Hotel.


Luxury Scotland       The Michelin Guide      TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018    Scottish Food Guide - 2018/9 Thistle Award Regional Ambassador, Central, Fife & Tayside    The Luxury Travel Guide    Finalist - Scottish Rural Awards 2018    The Good Pub Guide 


Contact us - by email:  [email protected]   If you prefer you can always still use the phone or even write!  Telephone: +44 (0)1546 830261  Address: Crinan Hotel | Crinan | Crinan by Lochgilphead | Argyll | PA31 8SR

Click on the picture below to see a short video which shows the hotel and the surrounding area.