HOME PAGE There are two Caledonian MacBrayne ferries which go to the Isle of Arran. The first is from Ardrossan in Ayrshire to Brodick in Arran. Ardrossan is about 60 km to the south west of Glasgow. If you are bringing your car to Arran then you do need to book ahead. Call CalMac on 0800 066 5000. If you are not bringing a car then there is no need to book. Ferries depart Ardrossan at 0700, 0945, 1230, 1515, 1800 and, on a Friday, 2030*. (*April to October) It takes 55 minutes to reach Arran and up to 15 minutes to disembark. If you are travelling by train then you want to catch the boat train from Glasgow Central station. This goes to the ferry terminal at Ardrossan and if the train is delayed the ferry waits for it to arrive. There are trains leaving Glasgow Central at 0833, 1115, 1415, 1650 and, on Friday, at 1915. If you are travelling by air to Glasgow Airport then on arrival take a short taxi ride to Paisley Gilmore Street railway station. Here you catch the boat train en route from Glasgow Central and the times of departure from Paisley are 0843, 1125, 1425, 1700 and, on a Friday, 1925. Air travel via Prestwick Airport is another option and here you take a train from the airport to Kilwinning railway station. Then change at Kilwinning and catch the train to Ardrossan ferry terminal leaving Kilwinning at 0910, 1153, 1455, 1726 or, on a Friday, 1953.
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The second ferry to Arran is from Claonaig in Kintyre to Lochranza in Arran. Claonaig is about 25 km south of Lochgilphead or 10 km south of Tarbert and is well signposted. It takes two hours by car from Glasgow to Lochgilphead and longer by bus. Note that the nearest the bus gets to Claonaig is about 5 km. There is no booking for the Claonaig ferry and the journey plus disembarkation time is about 30 minutes. From April to October ferries leave Claonaig at 0850, 1005, 1120, 1235, 1350, 1505, 1620, 1750 and, until the last weekend in September, 1900.
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Large car ferry between Ardrossan & Brodick
Small car ferry between Claonaig & Lochranza