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Arran, also known as the Isle of Arran, has two ports, Brodick (on the East coast) and Lochranza (on the North shore). The port of Lochranza connects Arran to Tarbert Loche Fyne on the Kintyre peninsula. The port of Brodick, on the other hand, connects Arran to Ardrossan in North Ayrshire, on the Scottish mainland. Ardrossan is well connected by road to Glasgow and Edinburgh. The ferry journey from Ardrossan takes 55 minutes and from Lochranza, the journey is just 30 minutes.
In the summer months, you can also travel from Campbeltown to Brodick and from Claonaig to Lochranza. The Claonaig service does not require advance booking.
You can book ferries from Arran simply and easily on AFerry. To get a better idea of the range of services available, please look at the departures board below.
Ferries to and from Arran
Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) Ferries operates a large variety of vessels. If the journey time is short, facilities may be limited. Otherwise, there is a full range including dining options and areas to enjoy a hot or cold drink or engage in a spot of souvenir shopping.
Brodick port facilities
Brodick is a manned port. It's open from 7:30 am every day apart from Sundays when it opens at 9:30 am. It closes at 7:30 pm every day apart from Fridays in the summer when it is open until 9:40 pm.
There's short say car parking across the road from the ferry terminal and long stay parking 150 metres from the terminal.
If travelling by car, please check in at least 30 minutes before your departure.
There is a taxi rank opposite the terminal building and a local bus service also operates. If travelling on by bus, please make your way there after disembarkation as the port area can be busy.
Other facilities include toilets, a waiting area and a baby changing area.
Lochranza port facilities
Car parking is available 200 metres from the port provided by the local authority. There is no taxi rank or nearby by railway station. The nearest bus stop is ten metres away. Bus services connect to Brodick and Blackwaterfoot. Passengers may be required to wait as there are no connecting services to and from the port.
Other facilities include toilets across the road and a waiting area.
Arran is a popular destination in the summer because it has it all. It's like the Scottish nation miniaturised on one island. If you like the outdoors, the island has mountains, forests, beaches and glens. You can cycle around the entire island in a day. And if you fancy a rugged hike, try Goat Fell - the biggest mountain on the island which you can see from the ferry. Walking to the top is well worth it. You'll be rewarded with some spectacular views.
For lovers of food and drink, the island is also a paradise. Try out the local whisky and cheese for a taste of wild Scotland. You'll find many small and charming pubs and taverns on the island.
As you explore the island, you're bound to come across the local wildlife. You'll find seal colonies, otters, eagles, basking sharks, porpoises, and over 100 species of birds. So it's well worth taking a pair of binoculars with you - and of course your camera.
History buffs of all ages will enjoy exploring Brodick Castle and it's grounds which are now a beautiful park. The castle offers 800 years of history, a fabulous collection of valuable artefacts, and breath-taking views over Brodick Bay all the way to the Ayrshire coast.
With so much to see and do on this island, why not book your ferry to Arran simply and securely with AFerry. today?