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Getting There -- High-speed electric trains operate from Glasgow Central direct to Ardrossan Harbour, taking 1 hour and costing £6.05 one-way. For 24-hour rail inquiries, call tel. 08475/484-950; www.nationalexpress.com. (If you're driving from Glasgow, head southwest along A737 until you reach Ardrossan.) At Ardrossan, you must make a 30-minute ferry crossing to Arran, arriving in Brodick, Arran's main town, on its east coast.

In summer, a small ferry runs between Lochranza, in the north of Arran, across to Claonaig, in Argyll, providing a gateway to the Highlands and a visit to Kintyre. There are six boats daily, and the fare is £38 for a vehicle, plus £8.40 per passenger for a return journey. For information about ferry departures (which change seasonally), check with Caledonian MacBrayne (tel. 0800/665-000; www.calmac.co.uk) at the ferry terminal in Gourock.

Visitor Information -- The tourist office is at The Pier, Brodick (tel. 01770/303-774; www.ayrshire-arran.com). June to August, it's open Monday to Saturday 9am to 7:30pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm; September to May, hours are Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.