If you have your own car then you can choose your own way with only one circuitous road around the island, The String (B880) across, and the Ross Road (single track) being the main three routes. However, Arran by bike is also a really super way to get around and ‘feel’ the island. So park that car up and take to the pedals! Bike hire is available in Brodick, and e-bikes can even be hired for those less fit! Check out our cycling webpage for more info.
There are some electric vehicle charging points on Arran. This website will help you to identify the closest to you, and also costs. You may be travelling via the Claonaig-Lochranza ferry in which case we suggest you input Tarbert(Loch Fyne), which should give you a pointer to check the surrounding areas. If you're bringing a e-vehicle, out of courtesy please let your accommodation owner know. Whilst wishing to help, there should be an agreement if you are charging overnight.
Local buses are another great way to get around and really see Arran – there are three main routes: the 324 goes via Lochranza to Blackwaterfoot (North End); the 323 goes via Whiting Bay to Blackwaterfoot (South End) and the 322 heads across the String to Blackwaterfoot. All three routes then operate on a return basis, and most of these coincide with ferry times from Brodick. Timetables are available on the website.
Car hire can offer more freedom, as can having your own personal tour guide. You can take a taxi or a private hire - taxis are often available at the pier during boat times. You can pre-book these to collect and drop you off anywhere on the island, and the taxi/private hire partners with VisitArran offer personal guided tours as well. Taxis are also available for passengers requiring wheelchair access.
However, we ask you to take care on Arran’s roads, some of which can be very challenging – and respect your fellow road users – go on, give them a smile and a wave!
Remember also to check your accommodation providers – some of them may offer transport to and from Brodick Pier.