GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Five Ferries Cycle Route

72 miles (116 km)

This circular cycle ride explores the Isle of Arran and the surrounding landscape of mainland Scotland using 5 of the Calmac ferry crossings. On the way you'll also visit the Kintyre Peninsula, the Cowal Peninsula and the Isle of Bute
The epic route runs for over 70 miles starting from Brodick on the Isle of Arran. You catch the ferry here from Ardrossan on the North Ayrshire coast in southwestern Scotland.From Brodick you head north along national cycle route 73 which will take you along Brodick Bay passing Brodick Castle.
At Sannox you leave the coast and head north west through Glen Chalmadale to Lochranza. Here you catch the ferry to Claonaig on the the Kintyre Peninsula and then head north west to West Loch Tarbert. Follow the loch north east to Tarbert where you get another ferry to Portavadie on the Cowal Peninsula. Here you head east to Loch Riddon where you can enjoy some lochside trails taking you around to Colintraive. There's a short ferry crossing over the Kyles of Bute to toRhubodach on the Isle of Bute. The trail then heads south east along the Kyles of Bute to Rothesay where the final ferry takes you toWmyss Bay on the mainland. The last coastal section then heads south to Largs before returning to Ardrossan.

Five Ferries OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Five Ferries Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Ardrossan - Arran Ferry - geograph.org.uk - 1902629

Ardrossan -Arran Ferry

Brodick Harbour - geograph.org.uk - 1068634

Brodick Harbour

Claonaig to Lochranza Ferry at Lochranza - geograph.org.uk - 1847718

Claonaig to Lochranza Ferry at Lochranza

West Loch Tarbert shoreline - geograph.org.uk - 762946

West Loch Tarbert shoreline

View of East Loch Tarbert from Tarbert Castle - geograph.org.uk - 2411504

View of East Loch Tarbert from Tarbert Castle

Mussel covered shoreline by Portavadie slipway. - geograph.org.uk - 550416

Mussel covered shoreline by Portavadie slipway.

Shoreline at the head of Loch Riddon (or Loch Ruel ) - geograph.org.uk - 506618

Shoreline at the head of Loch Riddon (or Loch Ruel )

Rothesay and Arran from Rothesay Bay - geograph.org.uk - 2556573

Rothesay and Arran from Rothesay Bay

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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