Getting there

Brodick is easily reached by car, and there are excellent ferry and rail connections from ports on the Scottish mainland.

FERRY SERVICES

Ardrossan – Brodick

The flagship ferry service to Arran is operated by Caledonian MacBrayne from Ardrossan to Brodick.

There are scheduled bus and train connections with the ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick, so you can get to Arran by public transport quite easily.  The ferry crossing to Brodick takes approximately 55 minutes.  Timetables are available at http://www.calmac.co.uk.

Claonaig – Lochranza

From the Kintyre peninsula, a ferry service runs from Claonaig on the mainland to the village of Lochranza on Arran.  The ferry is operated by Caledonian MacBrayne and the crossing takes approximately 30 minutes.  You can then proceed by road from Lochranza to Brodick, check for local travel arrangements in advance.  Timetables are available at http://www.calmac.co.uk.

TRAIN CONNECTIONS

From Ardrossan

Train services operated by First Scotrail run between Glasgow Central and Ardrossan Harbour, with connections to the ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick.  There is even a special “Rail & Sail” ticket available to passengers wishing to combine train and ferry travel.  Timetables and travel information is available at http://www.scotrail.co.uk.

BUS CONNECTIONS

Please check local bus information for connections to the ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick.

BY CAR

From Glasgow  49 miles (including ferry crossing)

Take the M8 westbound until the cut-off for the A737 in the direction of Irvine.  Follow the A737 to Kilwinning, and then take the A738 in the direction of Ayr and Greenock, and then in the direction of Saltcoats.  Once in Saltcoats, Ardrossan is just a couple of miles round the corner, and you should eventually follow signs for the Arran ferry.

From Campbeltown  56 miles (including ferry crossing)

From Campbeltown, follow the A83 north until the cut-off for the B8001 at Kennacraig.  At the end of the B8001 you will arrive at Claonaig, where you can take the ferry across to Lochranza on the Isle of Arran.  You can then follow the road from Lochranza to Brodick.

From Edinburgh  95 miles (including ferry crossing)

Take the M8 westbound to Glasgow, and continue on the M8 until the cut-off for the A737 in the direction of Irvine.  Follow the A737 to Kilwinning, and then take the A738 in the direction of Ayr and Greenock, and then in the direction of Saltcoats.  Once in Saltcoats, Ardrossan is just a couple of miles round the corner, and you should eventually follow signs for the Arran ferry.

BY AIR

The Isle of Arran is only 31 miles from Prestwick Airport, 41 miles from Glasgow International Airport, 43 miles from the small Campbeltown Airport, and 88 miles from Edinburgh Airport.  Flights operate from Prestwick Airport to UK and European destinations; flights from Glasgow and Edinburgh serve destinations throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and US; at the time of writing the only commercial flight to Campbeltown is from Glasgow.  Amazingly, Campbeltown has the longest runway of any airport in Scotland and is certified to accept a landing of the Space Shuttle should it require to land in Europe!

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