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3.9/5 from 184 Reviews

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Cairnbaan Hotel

(184 Guest Reviews)

Guest Ratings

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Review Summary

  • Rooms 3.6
  • Value 3.5
  • Friendliness 4.3
  • Cleanliness 3.9
  • Facilities 3.7
  • Service 4.2
  • Location 4.6

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Cairnbaan Hotel Information


Welcome to Cairnbaan Hotel, a stylish, relaxed and pleasant place that has been awarded three stars and a rosette with the AA. Cairnbaan is also among only 12 Hotels given the status of Scotland's Heritage Hotels. We have 12 luxurious and relaxing rooms, all individually designed and well equipped with some additional touches. 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. To the south are Kintyre and the Isle of Arran via the Claonaig - Lochranza ferry. During its course from Ardrishaig northwards to Crinan Loch, the canal passes through some of Argyll's most outstanding countryside, and its 15 locks and 7 swing bridges provide added interest for visitors. For the sporting guest, golf is available at the nearby Lochgilphead Golf Club. The excellent fishing includes facilities for Sea Angling and Salmon Fishing. Many attractive Hill Forest Walks are to be found in the vicinity of the Hotel and walking or cycling along the Crinan Canal is a popular pursuit. The hotel is an easy drive from the nearby village of Tayvallich. There is so much to see and do.


  • Bar
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Wakeup call
  • Weddings & private parties
  • WiFi internet


  • On-site parking

Children's Facilities

  • Highchairs

Business Facilities

  • Fax machine
  • Meeting rooms
  • Photocopying
  • Printing


  • Cooked breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Activities and Experiences

  • Animal watching
  • Bird watching
  • Cycling
  • Fine dining
  • Fishing
  • Fly fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Sailing
  • Walking
  • Water activities


Check in: 16:00 till 23:00
Early check-in available on request
Check out: 11:00
Late check-out available on request
Child Policy: Infants and children welcome
Smoking Policy: No smoking
Pets: Dogs welcome, Pets welcome
Accommodation type: Inn
Booking Terms and Conditions


  • Road from Glasgow or Edinburgh (82.0 miles)
    From Glasgow take the M8 west bound and Over the Erskine Bridge. Take A82 to Crainlarich, past Dumbarton alond Loch lomond. Follow sings of Inverray then Campbeltown. At lochgilphead take A83 to Oban, after 2 miles on the A83 the Carinbaan is on the left.
  • Road from Arrochar (39.0 miles)
    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”.
  • Road from Lochgilphead roundabout (2.0 miles)
    At Lochgilphead you will come to a small roundabout. Follow the signs for “Oban”. Cairnbaan Hotel is aproximately 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.


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