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Boat trips on the Sgarbh

2019 Season - Trips on the MV Sgarbh will begin in April in time for Easter - contact Ross or Reception for more information


The Crinan Hotel offers the wonderful experience of boat trips on the Sgarbh on some of the finest cruising waters in the world, never mind just the west coast of Scotland.

The Sgarbh is a fully restored classic motor boat moored at Crinan right outside the hotel which overlooks the Crinan Canal, the gateway to the Atlantic and the islands.

The Sgarbh (gaelic for cormorant, the sea bird) was built in 1947 on the river Clyde near Glasgow by Adams of Gourock as a herring fishing boat. She retired from fishing in 1953 and then was beautifully fitted out below for cruising.

She is built of teak, fully varnished and completely original, the last of her type. Weighing over 20 tons and at 40 foot long she is solid and safe.

Charters can be tailored to suit your preferences with personalised itineraries. The boat is coded for up to 12 passengers during the day and 4 passengers for overnight charters. Fresh seafood and other local produce can be prepared by the hotel and served during your cruise.

The boat is run by Ross Ryan. Ross works as a full time artist. As well as painting, he has sailed all his life and holds a commercially endorsed Yachtmaster offshore ticket in both motor and sail.

Short Trips

Full or half day trips from Loch Crinan, visiting and passing the beautiful local islands with lunch ashore on the beach or aboard. The boat can start from inside the Crinan Canal which is fascinating.

Island Hopping

Sailing for more than one day, visiting different islands and staying ashore in local hotels. This can also be tied in with touring malt whisky distilleries such as Oban, Jura and the Islay malts.

Painting expeditions.

Heading out to the stunning beaches and beautiful west coast villages. Materials and tuition can
be provided or you can be left to your own devices. The Scottish colourist trail to Iona will follow in the footsteps of Cadel, Peploe and Ferguson; renowned Scottish painters.

Call or email the hotel for availability or ring the skipper direct on 077 66 277 818 or email [email protected]

You can visit the Sgarbh website here:

Please note - The Sgarbh may not be available during the winter months - the Hotel can advise about other local boats which offer trips from Crinan and elsewhere locally.