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Our Guide to Crinan
Crinan Basin Marina holds a number of short and long term moorings. Diesel and Petrol can be purchased in town and the bay is mostly peaceful. Power Points can be located along the shore, but are mostly for long term moorings.
The Marina office can be contacted with any enquiry and Wi-fi is available in the area from BT.
Crinan is a small village mostly known for it’s canal that links Loch Gilp with the Sound of Jura. Crinan’s beautiful basin views include the isle of Jura and the famous Duntrune Castle, burnt down in the late 1600s. Crinan has roots in the Creones tribe that lived in the area around 200AD but was originally known as Port Righ before the canal came.
The area around Crinan has an abundance of natural life that remains untouched by human hands and is one of the main reasons that people come to visit. The town itself enjoys a hotel, coffee shop, restaurant, scallop farm and a small lighthouse which stands no more than a storey off of the ground.
Things to see and do
As mentioned, the area around Crinan has a variety of natural life. Over 24 different bird species have been sighted in the area so far and the maze of pathways around the surrounding hills are dotted with bird watching houses. The 35 hectare Crinan Wood is home to numerous ferns and lichens too.
Alternatively, a walk around the shoreline will allow you to enjoy the buzz of activity around the basin and canal. With numerous fishers, cargo ships and sightsee-ers, there’s always something going on to enjoy watching. A walk around the headland will let you near Duntrune Castle, but the land is still private property and the castle itself is little more than a burnt out shell.
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Eating and Drinking
The Crinan Seafood Bar is one of the best places to go in Crinan for an excellent lunch. All the seafood is caught fresh in the basin, but they don’t just limit their menu to that either. Vegetarian options along with fresh red meat from the local farms are available for anyone. The prices are competitive and the food is excellent.
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|Address:||Oban Marina, Isle of Kerrera, Oban, Scotland PA34 4SX|
|Long / Latitude:||N 56° 5' 20" W -5° 33' 46"|
|Telephone:||01546 830 232|
|Fax:||01546 830 281|
|Walk-ashore berths:||0 (all mooring buoys)|
Bottled gas, Chandler, Engine repairs, Fresh water, Fuel: Diesel, Hardstanding / Boatyard, Laundry facilities, Lift-out facilities, Parking, Pub / Restaurant, Showers, Toilets, Telephone, Trolleys, Visitors berths, Wi Fi
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Getting to the Marina
Glasgow Central Airport lies the closest. Car journeys are the only way once you land though.
No trains run directly to Crinan. Approaching from Glasgow will leave you with three coaches, a train and four hours of travel ahead.
The 500 bus service from Glasgow will leave you to board the 926, in turn leaving you to board the 425 into Crinan. Expect to sleep on this five hour journey. Glenfyne Taxis (07850 645671) will be able to get you to the Marina.
The car journey from Glasgow central will take just over two hours, via the A82 and A83. The last hour breaks down into narrow country roads as you approach Crinan.