Star.pngStar.pngStar.pngStar grey.pngStar grey.png

Kilbrannan Sound Ferry

From Roader's Digest: The SABRE Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Kilbrannan Sound Ferry
Location Map ( geo)
Cameraicon.png View gallery (1)
From:  Claonaig
To:  Lochranza, Arran
Distance:  7.3 km (4.5 miles)
Argyll • Buteshire
Current Operator
Caledonian Macbrayne
£32 (Car + driver, 2012)
On road(s)
 • B8001 • A841

This service is summer only. In the winter, Arran is accessed instead by the Portavadie Ferry service, which was initiated in 2003, or the year-round Brodick Ferry from Ardrossan on the Ayrshire coast.


The ferry service from Claonaig provides a regular link from Arran to Kintyre during the summer months. It is predominantly a tourist service, allowing holidaymakers to cross from Ayrshire to Kintyre via Arran, with the option of then continuing to Islay and the rest of the Hebridies on an Island Hopping Holiday.

The crossing takes approximately half an hour and there are up to 9 crossings each way each day from Monday to Sunday. The Claonaig ferry terminal lies on the B8001, while Lochranza is now at the end of the A841 which used to form a complete circuit of Arran.

Operational Challenges

The lack of a breakwater and exposed location at Claonaig can result in berthing not being possible at Claonaig when a large swell is present. The large swells that occur in the Kilbrannan can also make the crossing "interesting" and if berthing is possible at Claonaig it's not uncommon to drive off a moving ramp.


Name IMO Operator Dates Notes
Catriona 9759862 Caledonian MacBrayne 2016-date 23 cars; Diesel-Electric Hybrid
Loch Riddon 8519875 Caledonian MacBrayne 2003-2016 (Winter Service) 17 cars
Loch Tarbert 9039389 Caledonian MacBrayne 1992-2016 (Summer Service) 17 cars
Loch Ranza 8519887 Caledonian MacBrayne 1987-1992 12 cars
Rhum 7319589 Caledonian MacBrayne 1972-1987 5 cars


Kilbrannan Sound Ferry
Related Pictures
View gallery (1)
Other nearby roads
Crossings to and between the Inner Hebridean Islands
Firth of ClydeBrodick Ferry • Kilbrannan Sound • Portavadie Ferry • Cumbrae Ferry • Rothesay Ferry • Kyles of Bute Ferry • Gourock to Dunoon
Inter HebrideanGigha Ferry • Islay Ferries • Jura Ferry • Colonsay Ferry • Clachan Bridge • Luing Ferry • Oban to Craignure • Lochaline to Fishnish • Tobermory Ferry • Iona Ferry • Lismore Ferries • Coll and Tiree Ferry • Mallaig Ferries • Mallaig to Armadale • Small Isles Ferry • Glenelg to Kylerhea • Skye Bridge • Raasay Ferry
Other AreasIrish Sea • Inner Hebrides • Western Isles • Shetland • Orkney • North Sea • English Channel • Solent • Inland Crossings • Other Island Crossings

SABRE - The Society for All British and Irish Road Enthusiasts
Discuss - Digest - Discover - Help