The Crinan Hotel
Travel & Location
Travelling to Crinan
To Crinan by Air, Road & Rail
Nowadays it is possible to leave London and arrive at the Crinan Hotel in around three hours. Air travel to Glasgow and Edinburgh is straightforward with regular arrivals by Easyjet, British Airways and other airlines.
There are a range of national and local car hire firms as well as chauffeur drive services at the airports.
If in doubt please call our hotel reception on 01546 830 261 for details. We can also give you an indication of travel times by road from other departure points.
If you are travelling by train our nearest rail station is Oban which is around 1 hour's drive away.
Should you be touring the area by car, you might considered arriving on the Mull of Kintyre by ferry from the Isle of Arran. Calmac, Scotland's major ferry operator, has more than one ferry terminal on the island so you can arrive at one point and leave from the other end of the island.
Directions from Glasgow Airport (2 hours drive)
Turn right at the end of the Airport terminal building, and follow signs onto the M8 westbound, towards the Erskine Bridge (M8)
At M8 Junction 30, turn off onto the M898 to go over the Erskine Bridge and at the end of the bridge, bear left to take the A82 for Crianlarich
Follow the A82 past Dumbarton and along Loch Lomond to Tarbet
At Tarbet bear left, taking the A83 through Arrochar towards Campbeltown
At Inverary follow Campbeltown signs to Lochgilphead
At Lochgilphead follow the signs to A816 to Oban
After 2 miles take the left turn to Crinan through Cairnbaan on B841.
Follow all signs to Crinan
Directions from Edinburgh (3 hours drive)
From Edinburgh, take M8 westbound towards Glasgow
After Glasgow continue on M8 to Junction 30 then take M898 over the Erskine Bridge
(Then follow directions as above)
What if the Rest and Be Thankful pass is closed?
Media coverage is sometimes rather sensationalist about how much extra time it takes to find a different way to Crinan. Depending on where you are coming from, avoiding the closed section or taking the diversion may add between about 10 minutes to just over half an hour and the difference in distance is an extra 5 to 25 miles.
There is more information about alternative routes in a doucument which you can download and print off -
click here for our Rest and Be Thankful alternatives document.
By Canal and Boat
Crinan is located at the northern end of the Crinan Canal. The Canal connects Loch Fyne with the Western Isles and the Atlantic Ocean and was once a very important commercial connection. today the canal is a very popular route for all types of craft traveling north or south on Scotland's west coast. Every year around 2,000 boats make the journey along the 9 miles of the Crinan Canal - often called "Britain's most beautiful shortcut". More details:http://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/our-canals/crinan-canal