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. 

    Book your trip on the CalMac website

    The train from Glasgow Central Station to Ardrossan Harbour takes about 45 minutes, where you can then catch the ferry over to the island. 

    Check train times on the Scotrail website

    Find out more about how to get to the Isle of Arran

    Arran offers 9 road routes for exploring the island by bike, as well as having cycle hire available across the island. 

    Plan your cycling trip on the VisitArran website

    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.

    Find out more about Arran buses on the VisitArran website

    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. 

    Check the VisitArran website for more details


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