Crinan’s renovated canalside cottages

Crinan’s canalside cottages offer a picturesque getaway on the West Coast, but their renovated, freshly decorated interiors, given a cool, retro feel, are the real treat

With a young son who’s obsessed with large killer fish, doing the crawl and running fast as he can as soon as he escapes the car, going on holiday anywhere near open water sends anxiety pangs straight through his overwrought parents. But, banishing all thoughts of Jaws and keeping our fears at bay, we strode forth, via Lochgilphead, to the beautifully picturesque setting of the Crinan Canal – between Crinan and Ardrishaig – in Argyll and Bute.
Seaview Cottage is part of a network of waterside dwellings, former lock-keepers’ and canal workers’ cottages, found on the banks of Scotland’s canals. They’re categorised as heritage properties, and have been restored by Scottish Canals in Partnership with the Vivat Trust, a registered charity and building preservation trust, for rental to the public.
It’s the idyllic West Coast setting: a red-striped lighthouse sits at the end of the garden and an old coal-driven Clyde puffer is moored in the canal basin, hooting and tooting. It’s thrilling already and we’re not even out the car yet.
Built in 1815, the two-bedroom cottage (which sleeps four) has recently undergone a generous and sympathetic update at the hands of Scottish Canals and local builders D McDonald. Some £75,000 has been spent creating a really comfortable and welcoming place, while preserving all the sweet, innocent charm of a lock-keeper’s abode.

This is just a taster, you can browse the full article with more stunning photography on pages 227-230, issue 99.

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Words Gillian Welsh
Photography Peter Sandground
Interior design Emma Clanfield
Where Seaview cottage, Argyll