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Kilbrannan Sound Ferry

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Kilbrannan Sound Ferry
Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Claonaig
To:  Lochranza, Arran
Distance:  7.3 km (4.5 miles)
County
Argyll • Buteshire
Current Operator
Caledonian Macbrayne
Toll
£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.

Crossings

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.

Ferries

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



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Kilbrannan Sound Ferry
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