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Welcome toGigha

A tiny island with beautiful gardens, craft shops and the home of Gigha smoked halibut.

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More about Gigha

Ideal for:

History & heritage Nature & wildlife

Sunny and mild, with exceptional gardens

Gigha is surprisingly mild, which is why the Achamore Gardens flourish: 54 acres of woodland filled with rare and beautiful plants. Gigha's secluded sandy bays and quiet roads are perfect for exploring on foot or by bike. You can hire bikes and kayaks from the island shop, and the island has great spots for golf and fishing. Don't miss the taste of the island: Gigha smoked halibut, normally seen on the menus of top restaurants.  

For more on Gigha visit Explore Argyll and Explore Kintyre website.


How to get here

The Gigha ferry departs from Tayinloan on the west coast of the Kintyre peninsula. The journey takes 20 minutes. No advance booking is necessary on these sailings. Simply turn up at the port of departure and go on the next available sailing. 

Looking for the best form of travel to and from our ports? Traveline can help you find the way that best suits you for making your journey using the most up to date information from around the UK for all transport companies.

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If you're travelling from Edinburgh or the south, most routes will take you through Glasgow.

Getting to Tayinloan

Tayinloan is roughly 120 miles from Glasgow. You can drive round on the mainland, or you can see more of the islands by hopping across to Bute or Arran and getting the ferries towards Kintyre from there.

In the summer, you can get a ferry from Ardrossan to Campbeltown, and drive north.

Mainland routes

By bus

Catch the bus from Glasgow towards Campbeltown, and get off at Tayinloan. The journey is about 3 hours 50 minutes. Check Citylink for bus times.

By car

The drive from Glasgow to Tayinloan takes roughly 2 hours 50 minutes.

Helpful tips for driving on Gigha

Postcode for sat nav

Tayinloan Port: PA29 6XG

Island routes

Ferry to Bute

You can break up the journey to Tayinloan by catching the ferry to Bute, then to Colintraive, and on to Tarbert, and drive south. You'll get three ferries, and a particularly scenic route:

  • Wemyss Bay to Rothesay - 35 minute journey
  • Rhubodach to Colintraive - 5 minute journey
  • Portavadie to Tarbert - 25 minute journey

Ferry to Arran

If you don't like the idea of the long drive round the mainland, split the journey up with a ferry to Arran, then drive north to get the ferry from Lochranza to Cloanaig, and drive on to Tayinloan. These are the ferries to get:

  • Ardrossan to Brodick - 55 minute journey
  • Lochranza to Claonaig - 30 minute journey


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