There are good routes to the Isle of Arran from all parts of mainland UK.
Caledonian MacBrayne run ferries from Ardrossan, Ayrshire to Brodick and from Claonaig, Mull of Kintyre to Lochranza ( March to October). In winter the Lochranza ferry runs from Tarbert (Loch Fyne) once a day at 12.15. Ferry information and booking is available online at www.calmac.co.uk or telephone 0800 066 5000.
The Ardrossan/Brodick ferry has the following timetable:
Ardrossan to Brodick 07.00 09.45 12.30 15.15 and 18.00
Brodick to Ardrossan 08.20 11.05 13.50 16.40 and 19.20
On Fridays (March to October) there is a later ferry leaving Ardrossan at 20.30 and returning from Brodick at 21.40
RET (Road Equivalent Tariff) was introduced in 2015 for ferry traffic. As a result the cost of bringing a car to Arran has been greatly reduced.
It is always advisable to book the car ferry crossing especially if you are travelling during the summer months. There is no booking arrangement on the Claonaig/Lochranza ferry. Ferry timetables can be disrupted by adverse weather conditions mainly autumn and winter.
Arran is fairly easily accessed by flights coming into Glasgow International or Prestwick airports.
For visitors without their own transport there is a regular train service to Ardrossan Harbour from Glasgow Central Station.
Visitors coming by car from England should travel via the M1 or M6. On the M1 travel to the M18 and the A1M as far as Scotch Corner and then take the A66 across country to join the M6. This becomes the M74 north of Carlisle. Stay on the M74 to J8. Follow the A71 to Kilmarnock and towards Irvine. Before Irvine you turn north onto the A78 towards Ardrossan and Greenock. There are clear signs at this stage for the Ardrossan ferry. Another direct route is to leave the M8 at J22 just after crossing the Kingston Bridge, Glasgow and take the M77 directing you to Prestwick Airport. Before reaching Prestwick take the A71 turn off to Irvine and follow the above route to Ardrossan.
Visitors from other areas should head for the M8 and continue through Glasgow. Beyond Glasgow Airport the A737 is signposted for Irvine. Follow this route to Beith and Dalry then on to the B780 to Ardrossan
Cars can also be left at Ardrossan in a secure 24 hour manned car park. This is immediately adjacent to the ferry terminal.
Arriving in Brodick after a 55 minutes ferry trip across the Firth of Clyde, with full catering on board, turn right on the main road and travel through Brodick passing Brodick Golf Clubhouse on your right at a right hand bend. You are then on a straight road facing the mountain Goatfell. About 150 yards down the road is Little Wellingtonia which is situated opposite the golf course just before the bus stop and Glen Cloy Road which leads to the Auchrannie Hotel and Leisure Centre.
During the summer season you can reach the island from Claonaig on the Kintyre Peninsula. This is suitable if you decide to come from the north west by car. Caledonian MacBrayne run a service to Lochranza on this small ferry but it is wise to check when the first and last ferry leave. The trip lasts about 30 minutes. From Lochranza pier turn left and head for Brodick some 16 miles away. It is possible to arrange to arrive at Lochranza but leave the island at Brodick and vice versa. In winter there is a timetabled service once a day from Tarbert to Lochranza and return.
Buses are timed to meet ferries at Brodick and are located behind the ferry terminal. To get to Little Wellingtonia holiday cottage take bus no.322 or no.324 and get off at Glen Cloy Road.
If you prefer to walk it is about half a mile from the ferry terminal to the cottage along the promenade passed the small Co-operative, on the shore side of the village, then continuing along the main road.
Cars may be hired from Arran Transport , The Pier, Brodick. 01770302121 To hire a taxi in Brodick contact Arran Private Hire 01770 600903 Pre-booking is advised for both.
Brodick, Isle of Arran