Getting there


BY CAR

From Glasgow  55 miles (including ferry crossing) / 85 miles (with no ferry crossing required)

From Glasgow, take the M8 westbound past Glasgow Airport and continue onto the A8 in the direction of Greenock.  Follow the A8 until you get to Greenock, where you should then take the A770 to Gourock.  There are two ferry possibilities here:  one is operated by Western Ferries and runs from McInroy’s Point (Gourock) to Hunter’s Quay (Dunoon) (see http://www.western-ferries.co.uk for details), the other is operated by Caledonian MacBrayne and runs from Gourock to Dunoon (crossing time approximately 25 minutes, see http://www.calmac.co.uk for details).  From Hunter’s Quay or Dunoon, as appropriate, head north west on the A815 in the direction of Glasgow.  Turn left onto the B836, then turn right onto the A886 in the direction of Strachur, and then turn left onto the A8003 following signs for Tighnabruaich.

To get from Glasgow to Tighnabruaich without using a ferry crossing, take the M8 westbound out of Glasgow, past Glasgow Airport, and take the M898 and cross the Erskine Bridge.  Then join the A82 in the direction of Crianlarich.  Follow the A82 to Tarbet, then take the A83 in the direction of Campeltown.  Follow this to just before Cairndow, before which you should turn left onto the A815 signposted for Dunoon and the Isle of Bute ferry.  Take the A886 signposted to Colintraive and the Isle of Bute ferry, and then take the A8003 following signs for Tighnabruaich.

From Campbeltown  46 miles (including ferry crossing) / 118 miles (with no ferry crossing required)

Follow the A83 northbound out of Campbeltown, and follow to Tarbert, where you should follow the A8015 following signs for East Loch Pier.  There is a ferry which will take you across Loch Fyne, operated by Caledonian MacBrayne, from Tarbert to Portavadie (crossing time approximately 25 minutes, see http://www.calmac.co.uk for details).  From Portavadie, follow signs for Tighnabruaich.

If you would rather not (or for some reason cannot) take the ferry crossing from Tarbert to Portavadie, then you are in for a long detour.  Follow the A83 northbound out of Campeltown, past Lochgilphead and Inveraray, until you reach Cairndow.  Turn right onto the A815 signposted for Dunoon and the Isle of Bute ferry.  Take the A886 signposted to Colintraive and the Isle of Bute ferry, and then take the A8003 following signs for Tighnabruaich.

From Fort William  112 miles (no ferry crossing required)

Follow the A82 south, through Glen Coe and past Bridge of Orchy, Tyndrum and Crianlarich, until you arrive at Tarbet on Loch Lomondside.  Here you should turn right onto the A83 in the direction of Campeltown.  Follow this to just before Cairndow, before which you should turn left onto the A815 signposted for Dunoon and the Isle of Bute ferry.  Take the A886 signposted to Colintraive and the Isle of Bute ferry, and then take the A8003 following signs for Tighnabruaich.

PADDLE STEAMER WAVERLEY

The Paddle Steamer Waverley is a very special way to travel, and is the world’s only remaining sea-going paddle steamer.  There are seasonal services run by the Waverley to Tighnabruaich.  Sailings to Tighnabruaich typically run from Glasgow, Greenock, Helensburgh, Dunoon, Ayr, Millport (Isle of Great Cumbrae), Largs, Rothesay (Isle of Bute) and Tarbert, with cruises from Tighnabruaich down Loch Fyne.  See www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk for more information.

BUS CONNECTIONS

Please check local bus information for connections to Tighnabruaich.

BY AIR

Tighnabruaich is closest to Glasgow International Airport (47 miles with one ferry crossing; 78 miles with no ferry crossing), then the small Campbeltown Airport (47 miles with one ferry crossing; 119 miles without a ferry crossing), Prestwick Airport (66 miles with one ferry crossing; 108 miles without a ferry crossing), and Edinburgh Airport (94 miles with one ferry crossing; 125 miles without a ferry crossing).

Flights operate from Glasgow and Edinburgh to destinations throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and the US.  Flights from Prestwick Airport operate to a number of UK and European destinations.  At the time of writing, the only scheduled flight operating from Campbeltown is to Glasgow, although Campbeltown Airport has the longest runway of any Scottish airport, and is certified to receive the Space Shuttle should it have to land in Europe!

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