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Five Ferries Island Hopping Adventure

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Five Ferries Island Hopping Adventure

Create your own unforgettable Five Ferries Island Hopping Adventure with CalMac.  It's the perfect way to enjoy the endless splendours of Arran and Bute - the beautiful islands in the Firth of Clyde as well as the wild, remote and unspoiled parts of the mainland at Cowal and Kintyre, via five distinct ferry routes.  It's the ideal itinerary for a multi-destination mini-break or the ultimate cycling challenge! 

The Five Ferries suggested itinerary island hopping adventure offers a memorable introduction to the Clyde Coast and the Cowal and Kintyre Peninsulas. 

Begin your adventure when you take the ferry to Arran, the island that's known as 'Scotland in miniature'. All the most famous aspects of Scotland's scenery are displayed on this small island. 

The next destination is Claonaig, from where you can explore the wild and beautiful Kintyre peninsula. After Kintyre, take the ferry from Tarbert to Portavadie to see the rich and contrasting landscape of the Cowal Peninsula, before taking the ferry to the beautiful and peaceful island of Bute. 

We suggest you can travel in either direction, between: 

Ardrossan - Brodick (Arran)

Lochranza (Arran) - Claonaig (Kintyre) or Tarbert (Kintyre) between 23 October 2022 and 30 March 2023 

Tarbert (Kintyre) - Portavadie (Cowal) 

Colintraive (Cowal) - Rhubodach (Bute) 

Rothesay (Bute) - Wemyss Bay

Advance booking is recommended for vehicles on the Ardrossan to Brodick route. All other routes operate a turn up and go service.

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How to buy tickets 

If you are planning an island-hopping trip and you would like to purchase multiple routes on one transaction - please speak with one of our team at our Customer Contact Centre or with our Port Staff.  

Dates and times

Summer - 25 March 2022 - 23 October 2022

Winter - 24 October 2022 - 30 March 2023


Five Ferries Pricing 25 March - 23 October 2022

Adult: £15.15

Car: £56.05

Motorcycle: £28.10 (excludes driver/passengers)

Five Ferries Pricing 24 October 2022 - 30 March 2023

Adult: £TBC

Car: £TBC

Motorcycle: £TBC

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