How to Get Here

The island of Arran is situated in the Firth of Clyde, between the Ayrshire coast and the Kintyre peninsular. Travellers heading to the west highlands from points south can avoid the congestion around Glasgow by using Arran as a “stepping stone” between Ardrossan and Claonaig and at the same time can enjoy some spectacular scenery. It’s a route we recommend. We also recommend a stay at Blackwaterfoot Lodge en route. It’s worth spending a day or two on Arran.

A Train service from Glasgow connects with the car ferry at Ardrossan.

It is advisable to reserve space for a car in advance with the ferry operators:

Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd
The Ferry Terminal
Gourock, PA19 1QP
Tel: 0990 650 000
Fax 01475 635 235
E-mail reservations: reservations [at] calmac [dot] co [dot] uk

From Glasgow Airport by public transport

Take a bus to Gilmour St. Train Station in Paisley from the central reservation island in front of the terminal building.
From the Station take the train to Ardrossan Harbour thence the ferry to Brodick on Arran.
From Brodick to Blackwaterfoot take the ‘String Road’ bus, taxi or hire a car.
Alternatively, if we know you’re coming, we can meet you at the pier.

String Road

String Road

From Prestwick Airport (PIK) by Public Transport

Take the Glasgow train from the Prestwick Airport.
Change at Kilwinning onto the Ardrossan Harbour Train (which originates at Glasgow).

ScotRail train

ScotRail train

Vehicle ferry: Ardrossan-Brodick

The MV Caledonian Isles plies between Ardrossan (which is nearly 40 miles by road from Glasgow) and Brodick, Arran's main town.
Allow an hour and a half to drive from Glasgow to Ardrossan or one hour by train.

Summer Timetable (26 March - 23 October)
Additional Timetable (2 July - 26 August)
Journey time: 55 minutes.

The Caledonian MacBrayne brochure states that vehicle reservation is required but this might only be really necessary at peak times during the holidays.

CalMac ferry

Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry Ardrossan - Brodick

Vehicle ferry: Claonaig-Lochranza

A small vehicle ferry plies between Claonaig, a pieron at the Kintyre Peninsula (60 miles from Oban, 106 miles from Fort William) and Lochranza on the northern tip of Arran.

Summer Timetable (26 March - 23 October)
Journey time: 30 minutes.

Vehicle reservations are not possible, so you just turn up and hope to get on the next one.
In the winter there is a single daily sailing between Tarbert and Lochranza and back to Tarbert.

CalMac ferry

Caledonian MacBrayne ferry Lochranza - Claonaig or Tarbert