Two hours west of Glasgow (including a one hour ferry crossing), Arran is also conveniently located for people arriving from England or Ireland. The main roads to use are the A71 (from the M74 motorway) towards Irvine, or the M77 from Glasgow to Kilmarnock, then the A71 westbound to the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry terminal at Ardrossan.
There is also a seasonal ferry service to Lochranza, on Arran’s northern coastline, from Claonaig, on the Kintyre Peninsula. The route to this smaller ferry service (also operated by Caledonian MacBrayne) is ideal for people touring the western isles or wishing to take in the longer scenic route from Glasgow, via Loch Lomond.
Turn right on leaving the ferry terminal, through Brodick village. After passing the golf club and primary school, the main road bends sharp right, but the B880 (String Road) is directly ahead. Follow the String for about 7 miles, we are another ¾ of a mile on the left, immediately before the bridge.
Turn right on leaving the ferry. Blackwaterfoot is 16 miles down the west coast of Arran. Follow the road through the village and take the left fork (String Road). We are 1½ miles on, through Shiskine village, immediately after the bridge on the right.
Please be aware of the need to book your car, caravan or motorhome on the Ardrossan-Brodick ferry in
when you are booking your Bridgend Arran holiday (The Claonaig-Lochranza ferry is not bookable).