Crinan Hotel

The Crinan Hotel is a family-run hotel with panoramic views of Argyll's rugged coastline. Each of the 20 bedrooms has been designed by renowned Scottish artist, Frances Macdonald (Ryan), who is also resident artist and proprietor of the hotel. Here, guests can watch freshly-caught seafood making its way from fishing boat to the hotel kitchen before devouring it in the Michelin Recommended restaurant. 

For those seeking an immediate and vital connection on Scotland's West Coast.


  • Nearest Transport
  • Oban Airport - 40 miles, 1 hour and 10 min
  • Glasgow Airport - 85 miles, 2 hours
  • Nearest Attractions
  • Crinan Canal - 0 miles, 10 min
  • Kilmartin Museum - 6 miles, 15 min
  • Knapdale Scottish Beaver Trial - 3 miles, 10 min
  • Kilmory Knap Chapel - 15 miles, 40 min
  • Mull of Kintyre - 25 miles

5 Reasons to Stay

  1. Jumbo prawns landed 20 metres from the hotel
  2. Bedrooms with private balconies and panoramic views
  3. Dramatic waterfront location
  4. An artist's haven, steeped in history
  5. A secret garden featured in Scotland's Garden Scheme

About the Hotel

Years of experience, passion, attention to detail and an enjoyment of welcoming guests from at home and abroad have kept the Crinan Hotel at the forefront of Scottish Hotels for five decades. Guests immediately feel embraced by the abundant hospitality and also delight in the seasonal, local dining options.


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.


The Westward (Michelin Recommended in 2018) is a fine dining restaurant and The Crinan Seafood Bar is more informal. Both feature menus of Scottish beef, hill lamb, lobsters and Colonsay oysters and locally sourced organic produce. Lock 16 is a seafood restaurant which has won many accolades including "Best Seafood Restaurant in the UK".


The Crinan Canal walk begins right outside the hotel door and there are several short walks on which visitors can find out more about this magical destination. Right behind the hotel is a 'secret garden' - open to hotel guests who seek a little sanctuary.

Hotel Details

At a Glance
  • Check-in time: 3pm
  • Check-out time: 11am
  • Dogs welcome
  • Exclusive use available


  • 22 bedrooms
  • 10 Superior Rooms, 4 with private balcony
  • 8 Classic Rooms
  • 2 Single Rooms
In-room Services
  • Super-king size beds or twin beds
  • White Egyptian cotton bedding
  • Luxury cotton bathrobes
  • Fresh garden flowers in all rooms
  • Flat screen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and coffee facilities with fresh milk on request
  • Private bathroom with bath & shower
  • Arran Aromatics toiletries
  • Lock 16 Restaurant - a seafood Restaurant located on the top floor of the hotel with spectacular sea views
  • The Westward Restaurant - awarded the L'Assiette Michelin (The Michelin Plate) with a choice of dishes dependent on the weather and the fishermen's catch
  • Crinan Hotel Seafood Bar - bistro style restaurant with a la carte menu and views over Crinan Canal
  • The Pub - seafood bar menu and locals' favourite spot with over fifty whiskies and range of local beers
  • The Coffee Shop - home baking and light lunches
Diner Information
  • Lock 16 open June to September, seating for only 20 diners
  • Seafood Bar open all year for lunch and dinner
  • Range of dining options
  • Conference rooms on top floor of hotel
  • Weddings and other functions
  • Studio space for visiting artists
  • Classic motor boat 
  • Health, beauty & therapeutic spa treatments
  • Secret Garden (in the Scottish Gardens Scheme)
On Site Activities
  • The Crinan Canal walk begins right outside the hotel door
  • Right behind the hotel is a 'secret garden' - open to hotel guests who seek a little sanctuary
Off Site Activities
  • Motor Yacht trips round the Isles
  • Sailing Charters
  • Horse riding and Trail riding
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Cycling and Mountain Biking
  • Historic and Nature Walks
  • Championship Golf Course at Machrihanish
  • Health and Beauty
  • Visitor attractions
  • The Corryvreckan Whirlpool
  • Kilmartin Glen
  • Whisky Distilleries
  • Cycling "The Caledonia Way" - National Route 78
  • Guided painting holidays
  • 40' classic wooden MFV (motor fishing vessel) can be chartered on a daily basis complete with skipper or for longer bespoke charters
  • Local guides will help guests discover Argyll
Main Contact

Crinan Hotel
Crinan by Lochgilphead
PA31 8SR

01546 830261 or 07775 835586