My wife and I were travelling to a wedding in the area and had originally booked into another local venue. We were recommended by the owners to eat at the Cairnbaan and when we arrived at the hotel, being impressed, we asked if they had accomodation. A quick look at the room and our minds were made up. A change of venue was in order.
We were lucky to get the last room. Ground floor twin. Nicely appointed with good, clean en-suite, comfortable beds, TV, tea, coffee and water. A good value cost was agreed with no fuss, no swiping of cards just the trust and good humour of the owner. How refreshing is that?
The hotel boasts a cosy bar, conservatory lounge, restaurant and even a function room.
The bar and restuarant were lively and busy on that Friday evening but the helpful staff ensured my wife and I got a good table and were served without delay from an extensive menu.
Now, I ask you to remember that we had arrived during the hours of darkness. After a good night's sleep in the quiet room we enjoyed a full scottish breakfast and ventured outside - to find that we were right alongside the Crinan Canal. We had never heard of the place but what a spot. With a perfect morning to fill we set off along the canal, fascinating, picturesque and with quite wonderful Loch Crinan at the end a few miles away.
The Cairnbaan is not five star but it's all you need for a short break, walking, cycling, whatever.
Another quiet night after the wedding and another quality breakfast.
Good location, good value and great hospitality.
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