The Isle of Arran is a place where you can find a little bit of everything you'd ever want from a Scottish island. It has an ever-changing coastline, dramatic mountain peaks, sheltered beaches, verdant forests, great cultural festivals and a wealth of tasty local produce.
Travel to and around Arran
Getting to Arran
Two car ferry services, operated by Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac), serve the island.
- The Ardrossan to Brodick service is the more popular of the two routes, connecting the island with the region of Ayrshire on the mainland. Ardrossan is only a 45 minute journey from Glasgow, and is accessible by car or public transport.
- Lochranza in the north of the island is served by a ferry from Claonaig, a small port on the Kintyre Peninsula in Argyll.
The cost of the Ardrossan to Brodick ferry service is very reasonable, but booking in advance and staying up to date with sailings is advised.
The train from Glasgow Central Station to Ardrossan Harbour takes about 45 minutes, where you can then catch the ferry over to the island.
Getting around Arran
Arran offers 9 road routes for exploring the island by bike, as well as having cycle hire available across the island.
Bus and coach
There are three main bus routes covering north Arran, south Arran and "the String" which generally tie in with the ferry timetables. In the summer, additional seasonal bus operators run tours which are a great way to take in the sights.
The road networks skirt the island's coastline, with a road dissecting the centre of the island, known locally as "the String". Some of the roads are single track, with plenty of passing places. Care hire and taxis are also available on the island.
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