Planning Your Journey
Regular train services are available from both airports. At Glasgow Airport, a shuttle bus links to train services leaving from Paisley Gilmour Street bound for Ardrossan Harbour. Alternatively, a taxi transfer to Paisley which is only a few miles away is relatively inexpensive and taxi’s readily available. Glasgow Prestwick Airport has it’s own rail station with services linking to Ardrossan Harbour.
There is also a direct train service to Ardrossan Harbour from Glasgow Central station.
For details of all train services 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 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.
Click here for the Arran Travel Directory Listings.