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By Ferry

Ferries are an important mode of transport in the region, connecting the many islands and peninsulas. Discovering Argyll and the Isles by ferry is a pleasure in itself.

From Ireland
Visitors from Ireland can travel from Larne to Cairnryan with Stenaline or from Larne to Cairnryan and Troon with P&O Ferries, which also offers express ferries to Troon between March and October. A smaller passenger-only ferry service also operates between Ballycastle and Campbeltown in Kintyre. There is now a new route from Ardrossan to Cambeltown reducing driving time considerably to Kintyre, Islay and Gigha.

Around Argyll by ferry

From Troon, Cairnryan and the south west, you can either drive north into Argyll via Glasgow, or travel to Weymss Bay or Colintraive. From here you can take a ferry across to Bute with Caldonian MacBrayne, which also provides the main services to the Inner Hebrides. CalMac offer passenger or car ferry services from Oban to many islands, including Mull, Tiree, Coll, and Iona. Some islands only allow residents to take their car, so it’s worth checking in advance. Gigha, Isaly and Colonsay can also be reached from Oban as well as from Kennacraig in Kintyre. You can find out more about travel to Argyll destinations with Caledonian MacBrayne.

You can reach the Cowal Peninsula with Western Ferries, which offers a fast and frequent car and passenger service between McInroy’s Point (Gourock) and Hunter’s Quay (Dunoon). Argyll Ferries operates a daily frequent passenger-only service between Dunoon and Gourock which has connections from Glasgow Central Station.

There are many smaller ferry services across the isles, and a list of local ferry services is available from Argyll and Bute Council.

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