Getting to Arran couldn’t be easier. If you’re driving it is less than 3 hrs drive time from the North of England, and if you want to use public transport there are great rail links directly to Ardrossan Harbour. Check out Public Transport for more details
The crossing by car ferry from Ardrossan Harbour to Brodick is served by the large and modern MV Caledonian Isles which has a range of on board facilities including the Mariners cafeteria for meals and snacks, the Coffee Cabin, The Still Bar, Gift Shop and various comfortable lounges. The crossing takes 55 minutes, and it is advisable to book in advance if you are planning to bring a car to the island.
Alternatively, during the summer months, you can also sail from Claonaig on the Kintyre Peninsula to Lochranza in the north of the Island. The shorter crossing takes only 30 minutes, however the smaller ferry whilst pleasant and efficient has no catering facilities on board. During the winter months, there is a reduced service which sails to Tarbert (Kintyre) taking approximately 1.5 hours.
Ferry Services are operated by Caledonian MacBrayne. Please see their web site for the latest ferry timetables and bookings to and from the island.
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