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Gourock to Dunoon Ferry

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Gourock to Dunoon Ferry
Location Map ( geo)
MV Sound of Scalpay - Geograph - 1548745.jpg
Western Ferries MV Sound of Scalpay
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From:  Gourock
To:  Dunoon
Distance:  4.3 km (2.7 miles)
Firth of Clyde
Renfrewshire • Argyll
Current Operator
Western Ferries & Argyll Ferries
Western Ferries:
from £10.50 (Cars)
Argyll Ferries: from £10.30 (Passenger single)
On road(s)
A770, A771, A815

There are currently two routes across the Firth of Clyde between Gourock and Dunoon. The longer route starts at the end of the short A771 on Tarbet Street to the north of Gourock and crosses to Dunoon Ferry Terminal on the Pier Esplanade to the south of the town centre. This service ceased to take cars in the summer of 2011 and is now operated by Argyll Ferries on behalf of Caledonian MacBrayne.

The shorter, more direct route is operated by Western Ferries, and is the only private enterprise car ferry on Scotland's West Coast (excluding the Irish Sea Ferries) that doesn't receive any financial help from the State. It crosses from McInroy's Point on the A770 to the south of Gourock to Hunters Quay at the north end of Dunoon's urban area.


Western Ferries operate up to four crossings an hour, taking under 20 minutes each way compared to the 23 minutes each way formerly offered by Calmac. This provides for up to 140 cars an hour to cross the Clyde in each direction on Western Ferries Fleet.


Gourock - Dunoon

Name IMO Operator Dates Notes
Ali Cat Caledonian MacBrayne 2003-date 250 passengers. Under 100GT, therefore No IMO Number. Previously operated on the Isle of Wight. MarineTraffic
Argyll Flyer 9231016 Caledonian MacBrayne 2011-date 244 passengers. Previously known as Banríon Chonamara, serving the Aran Islands in Ireland. MarineTraffic
Saturn 7615490 Caledonian MacBrayne 1986-2006 38 cars
Juno 7341063 Caledonian MacBrayne 1974-1986 38 cars. Later served Gourock - Dunoon and Wemyss Bay - Rothesay from 2000-2006
Jupiter 7341051 Caledonian MacBrayne 1974-2011 38 cars
Glen Sannox 5131816 Caledonian MacBrayne 1972-1974 55 cars. Built for the Arran route in 1957, cascaded to Wemyss Bay in 1970, then to Gourock in 1972

McInroy's Point - Hunters Quay

Name IMO Operator Dates Notes
Sound of Seil 9665217 Western Ferries 2013-date
Sound of Soay 9665229 Western Ferries 2013-date
Sound of Shuna 9289441 Western Ferries 2003-date
Sound of Scarba 9237424 Western Ferries 2001-date
Sound of Sanda 8928894 Western Ferries 1996-2013
Sound of Scalpay 8928882 Western Ferries 1995-2013
Sound of Sleat 8626989 Western Ferries 1988-?
Sound of Seil 5121110 Western Ferries 1986-1995
Sound of Sanda 7338547 Western Ferries 1974-?
Sound of Scarba 7338547 Western Ferries 1973-?
Sound of Shuna 5261972 Western Ferries 1973-?


Gourock to Dunoon Ferry
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