Crinan Fine Art

Frances Macdonald, Owner of The Crinan Hotel, is an established Scottish contemporary artist, as is her son, Ross Ryan. The Crinan Hotel itself is a well-known Art Gallery venue on Scotland's west coast. Works by Frances are in several important private and corporate collections at home and abroad. A professional painter for more than 25 years, Frances has exhibited regularly throughout the UK and abroad, in particular at the Portland Gallery in London and The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh.

Ross grew up in the small fishing village of Crinan, and in 1997, he graduated from Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen. Since then, he has been continually on the move, recording in changing mediums that suit the various and often complex environments. His work can be found in collections worldwide. 

What to expect

When you stay at The Crinan Hotel you are literally surrounded by original artwork. The concept of 'Sleep with the Art' is a truly unique experience, devised by Frances Macdonald and her son Ross. A selection of established Scottish artists have a bedroom dedicated to their work and there are several original paintings on show available for purchase. Your own personal and comfortable art gallery awaits you.

The art theme continues with 'Painting Holidays.' Individual guests or small groups are invited to visit Crinan and enjoy short painting breaks under the guidance of Ross. These holidays can be customised to suit numbers, age groups and budgets. Materials are available and working areas are setup for you to be inspired by the amazing views. Frances also offers a painting demonstration by special arrangement. Contact:

Painting Holidays include boat trips on the MV Sgarbh, which is a fully restored Tarbert Fishing boat and the last of her kind. The MV Sgarbh was built in 1947 and is coded for up to 12 persons for day trips. She is moored off the hotel but regularly locks into the canal to pick up guests. Ross will take you to see the famous Corryvreckan whirlpool (which is the second largest in the Western Hemisphere) and to the Island of Jura, where George Orwell wrote his famous novel, 1984. Ross can also drop anchor at a sandy bay and prepare you a delicious lobster lunch. 


Get in Touch

Crinan by Lochgilphead, Argyll, PA31 8SR

01546 830261