Travel to Arran
Minibus pickup from Ferry.
Travel: Arran is the most accessible Scottish Island with direct public transport links. Direct train from Glasgow Central Station at 8.33am links with the boat. It takes 1 hour from Glasgow Central to Ardrossan harbour and a 55 minute ferry crossing to Brodick.
The ferry leaves Ardrossan 9.45am check in closes 10mins before for passengers and 30 mins before for cars. Get there early in the summer or the boat might be full. Booking is essential for vehicles!
Another ferry runs in the summer from Claonaig to Lochranza at the North end of the Island. 25mins.
ferry times and prices.
Day return on ferry £7.50 foot passenger (A car is £30 return if you are coming for longer)
Train return Glasgow central to Ardrossan harbour. £13
You can buy a direct day return from Glasow central to Brodick harbour.
Ferry Pickup: Pre-Booking essential, Phone the evening before your booking to check on the forecast and again in the morning between 8 and 9 am to check the weather forecast.(01770303899 or 07717712727. We will pick you up at 10.45am with our white paragliding minibus. We park opposite the main road from the Brodick ferry terminal beside the large red sandstone Douglas Hotel. Returning on the 4.40pm or 7.20pm ferry. (There are extra ferries in summer) We have limited space in the minibus so generally there is not room for people not taking part.
Weather: Paragliding is a weather dependant sport, Scottish weather is vary changeable! We look at the all the forecasts (see our weather links page) and if it doesn't look suitable we postpone the training and your booking can be moved to another day. Sometime's the forecast is wrong and the morning looks OK but the weather turns out to be unflyable. Safety is our priority and we may then need to cancel the day. If this turns out to be the case then we don't charge you for the days training but we are not responsible for any travelling costs you may have incurred.
Cars: The car ferry terminal at Ardrossan Harbour is well sign-posted from the A78. There is secure car parking at Ardrossan harbour. Booking is required for vehicles coming from Ardrossan. www.calmac.co.uk
Public Transport: Trains run direct from Glasgow central to Ardrossan harbour. There are buses from Brodick harbour to all the villages.
Glasgow Airport: take a bus or taxi to Paisley Gilmour street train station and catch the boat train to Ardrossan harbour. Or arrange hire car.
Prestwick Airport: Take a train to Kilwinning and change for Ardrossan harbour.
Aberdeen 3 hours 30 minutes
Glasgow 45 minutes
Edinburgh 1 hours 40 minutes
Manchester 4 hours
London 7 hours
From England just head towards Carlisle and then follow signs for Kilmarnock and Ayr once you have crossed the Scottish Border. The scenic Galloway Tourist Toute along the A713 is a beautiful alternative to the main roads. From the north, just head south towards Glasgow and pick up the M77/A77.
There are also express coach links from all major cities, via Glasgow and a good network of local bus services within Ayrshire and on the Isle of Arran.
Aberdeen 4 hours
Glasgow 45 minutes
Edinburgh 1 hour 45 minutes
Carlisle 2 hours 40 minutes
Manchester 4 hours 50 minutes
There is a big choice of accommodation on Arran - We recommend all of these but put a star next to our top choices that are the closest to us within walking distance or by using public transport. More on www.visitarran.com
B+B - Brodick
www.altachorvie.com/budget-cabins - Tel 01770 600 468
Lamlash 10 mins bus - 10 mins walk
Shore lodge £17.50 Dormitory self catering. Brodick
www.corriecroftbunkhouse.co.uk Tel 01770 810288
Corrie 10 mins Bus + 10 min Walk £12 per night
Aldersyde Bunkhouse - 01770 600 959 - Lamlash 10 mins Bus £15 per night
Kilmory Hall Bunkhouse Tel 01770 870 546, Kilmory 45 mins bus, £21 per night
Lochranza Centre - Multi activity and accommodation www.lochranzacentre.co.uk
www.rowanbankholidaycottages.co.uk * Brodick within walking distance - Cottages sleeping from 2, 4 or 6 people
www.arranholidaycottages.com - Brodick and Corrie cottages sleeping 2 to 4 people. Best with own transport or bus to Corrie
www.auchrannie.co.uk - Brodick Spa Lodges
www.oakbankfarm.com - Lamlash Cottages sleeping 4 people
www.dyemill.co.uk - Lamlash Lodges and Holiday homes - good price
www.arosbeag.com - Shiskine cottage sleeping 4
www.bigwoodenhouse.com - Brodick sleeping 8
www.bigbeachhouse.co.uk - Whiting bay sleeping 20
www.middletonscamping.com - * Lamlash - 10 mins Bus
www.campingarran.com - Kildonan 35 mins Bus
www.arran-campsite.com - Lochranza - 40 mins Bus
www.arrancamping.co.uk - Brodick in Glen Rosa - Beautiful but no showers and a bit of a walk if you don't have a car.