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Gaelic: An Càrn Bàn
Cup and Ring markings on inscribed stone.jpg
Cup-and-ring stone near Cairnbaan
Grid reference: NR830907
Location: 56°3’38"N, 5°28’26"W
Post town: Lochgilphead
Postcode: PA31
Local Government
Council: Argyll and Bute
Argyll and Bute

Cairnbaan is a village beside the Crinan Canal, in Argyllshire. It is found at the midpoint of the canal, about halfway between Ardrishaig on Loch Gilp at the canal's eastern end and Crinan on the Sound of Jura to the west.

The village's name, from the Gaelic for 'white hill' or 'white cairn'.[1] On the hill above the village there are cup and ring marks dating from the Iron Age.[2]

The Cairnbaan Hotel was built in about 1800 to cater for canal travellers. It was once a temperance hotel.[1] It has featured in the television series The Tales of Para Handy, based on the novels of Neil Munro.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Hutton 2003, p. 34
  2. Beckensal 2009, p. ?
  • Hutton, Guthrie (2003), Crinan Canal The Shipping Short Cut, Stenlake Publishing, ISBN 978-1-84033-257-5 
  • Stan Beckensall (2009), Prehistoric Rock Art in Britain, Amberley Publishing, ISBN 978-1-84868-626-7