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Local legend has it that the Cairnbaan was once considered the wildest pub in mid-Argyll, with goats and other animals sharing the bar with workers constructing the Crinan Canal. Things are less riotous these days and the hotel has played host to many more auspicious guests, including President Clinton and The Princess Royal.

The canalside setting (beside Lock 5) is a big plus and picture windows provide splendid views of the scene. In summer this is a popular venue for al fresco eating and drinking, then – as winter draws in – visitors retreat to the cosy bar and restaurant.

Fish shows up well on the restaurant menu, with dishes such as monkfish with curried mussel sauce and rice or herb-crusted fillet of halibut with braised fennel, black olives and rocket oil lining up alongside slow-roast belly pork with roast garlic mash and Savoy cabbage, steak and ale pie, and Thai-spiced butternut squash risotto. Filled ciabatta rolls are also served at lunchtime, while old-school desserts could feature chocolate profiteroles and cranachan with hazelnut shortbread.

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British / European


Vicki Ure

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.00pm

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card

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Facilities at Cairnbaan Hotel

  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • 40 covers
  • Family Friendly


Accomodation is available, (12 rooms)


Cairnbaan Hotel
Crinan Canal
Argyll and Bute
PA31 8SJ

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