Travel to Arran

Travel to Arran from Glasgow is relatively easy. However, the last ferry from Ardrossan to Arran leaves at 18.00, which means you need to aim to arrive at Glasgow or Prestwick airport by about 15.30 to be reasonably sure of making the train/ferry connections. If this is impossible then if you can come on Saturday 21st we can arrange some accommodation in Glasgow for that night, enabling you to travel on to Arran on the 22nd.

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Travel Routes

By air

The Isle of Arran is close to both Glasgow and Prestwick airports and public transport to Arran from these airports and elsewhere is straightforward.

From Glasgow Airport

On arrival at Glasgow, take a taxi to Paisley Gilmore Street Station. (Alternatively you can take the no. 60 bus to Paisley, from there, it is about a 5 minutes' walk to the Paisley Gilmore Street Station.) From there you can get a train to Ardrossan Harbour followed by a ferry to Brodick. Listed below are the times of the trains that connect with the ferries, and the ferry times.

Paisley Gilmore Street Station Ardrossan Harbour Ardrossan Brodick
08.51 09.37 09.45 10.45
11.26 12.09 12.30 13.25
14.16 14.59 15.15 16.10
17.07 17.43 18.00 18.55
From Prestwick Airport

On arrival at Prestwick Airport take the Glasgow bound train to Kilwinning, at Kilwinning change onto the train for Ardrossan Harbour. The timetable is below

Prestwick Airport Kilwinning Ardrossan Harbour Ardrossan Brodick
  arr. dep.      
10.50 11.05 11.46 12.09 12.30 13.25
13.50 14.05 14.39 14.59 15.15 16.10
16.50 17.05 17.27 17.43 18.00 18.55

Alternatively you could take a taxi from Prestwick Airport straight to Ardrossan harbour,
with Lion Taxi's (tel. 01292 470016). This will cost approximately £18 (pounds sterling).

By train

There are two main railway stations in Glasgow; Glasgow Queens Street and Glasgow Central. They are about 10 minutes' walk apart and there is a shuttle bus that takes you from one to the other. Trains for Ardrossan leave from Glasgow Central. The timetable is below

Glasgow Central Ardrossan Harbour Ardrossan Brodick
08.40 09.37 09.45 10.45
10.50 12.09 12.30 13.25
13.50 14.59 15.15 16.10
16.50 17.43 18.00 18.55