Getting Here

How to get to the Isle of Arran

Two hours west of Glasgow (including 55 minute 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 in the summer and Tarbert in the winter, 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 Island Hopping or wishing to take in the longer scenic route from Glasgow, via Loch Lomond.

How to get to Bridgend Campsite

From Brodick

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, please come through the gated entrance with our sign on it. Do not take the left turn immediately before the bridge.

From Lochranza

Turn right on leaving the ferry. Blackwaterfoot is 17 miles down the west coast of Arran. Follow the road through the village and take the left fork (String Road) towards Brodick. We are 1½ miles on, through Shiskine village, after the bridge it is the 2nd right turn, please do not turn down the first right.


Ardrossan to Brodick

Please be aware you need to book your car, caravan or motorhome on the Ardrossan-Brodick ferry in advance. Winter Timetable Summer Timetable

Caledonian MacBrayne can be contacted on:

Tel: 08705 650000



This route is serviced by MV Caledonia Isles with support from MV Isle of Arran and MV Hebridean Isles.

Claonaig to Lochranza

This ferry is not bookable and only operates during the summer, March to October.

Summer Timetable

Tarbert to Lochranza

Please call Kennacraig office 01880 280281 to make a booking, this service only operates during the winter October to March.

Winter Timetable

Services Claonaig to Lochranza, Tarbert to Lochranza.



322 Brodick to Blackwaterfoot (this bus goes past the campsite) this link shows when the next bus is, there is a link on this page to the current bus timetable.

323 Brodick to Blackwaterfoot via southend of the island.

324 Brodick to Blackwaterfoot via northend of the island.

On Arran we don't have very many bus stops outside of the villages, if you want to catch a bus and you are nowhere near an official bus stop please hold your hand out when you see the bus approaching.