Planning Your Journey
Arran is easily accessed by frequent ferry services from Ardrossan (North Ayrshire), which is ideally situated only a short drive from both Glasgow International and Glasgow Prestwick Airport.
There is also a direct train service to Ardrossan Harbour from Glasgow Central station.
For details of all train services to Ardrossan click here
For UK wide train services to Glasgow click here
For driving directions and maps, please click here.
The ferry crossing by car ferry from Ardrossan is served by the large and modern, MV Caledonian Isles, which has a range of on board facilities including a café serving meals, snacks, teas & coffees, a licensed bar, shop, soft play area and various comfortable lounges. The crossing from Ardrossan to Brodick takes 55 minutes and, once you have your accommodation booked, it is advisable to book your crossing in advance if you are planning to bring a car to the island.
Alternatively, during the summer months, you can also sail from Claonaig (Kintyre) to Lochranza in the north of the Island. The shorter crossing takes only 30 minutes, however, the smaller ferry whilst pleasant and efficient has no catering facilities on board. During the winter months, there is a reduced service which sails to Tarbert (Kintyre) taking approximately 1.5 hours.
Ferry Services are operated by Caledonian MacBrayne.
For ferry timetables and bookings to and from the island, click here.
We also recommend that you set up ferry text alerts to your mobile ‘phone. The details are on the www.calmac.co.uk home page and are easy to follow. You can also download the CalMac free app to your mobile.
It is advisable to take out travel insurance so that you have cover in the event of delays or ferry disruption. Cover can also be arranged for holidays which have to be curtailed or cancelled due to illness.
For those wishing to arrive on the island in style, transfer to Arran byhelicopter, or speedboat could be considered
Click here for the Arran Travel Directory Listings.