General travel information
Travel to Holy Isle via Ardrossan Harbour, on the South West coast of Scotland about ten miles north of Ayr and Brodick on Arran.
From the ferry terminal at Ardrossan Harbour take the ferry to Brodick on the Isle of Arran. The journey takes 55 minutes. Bus 323 from the ferry terminal at Brodick connects with the ferry and takes you round to Lamlash Pier (10 minutes) from where the Holy Isle Ferry will bring you across Lamlash Bay to Holy Isle. The ferry trip takes about 15 minutes.
Getting to Ardrossan Harbour.
- Rail - there are direct trains from Glasgow Central.
- Car - We recommend leaving your car in the secure car park at Ardrossan Harbour (a few pounds per day) and coming over as a foot passenger. If you do decide to bring your car, you should book the ferry in good time because it gets very full during the summer months. There is a municipal car park at Lamlash.
- Bus - the X36 bus runs from Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow to Ardrossan Town, from where it is a short walk up to the Harbour.
- Air - Glasgow Airport, then shuttle bus to Paisley Gilmour Street (10 minutes) for direct trains to Ardrossan Harbour. From Edinburgh Airport it takes around 2 hours and 20 minutes, via Buchanan Bus Station.
Crossing to Holy Isle
Lamlash Cruises - a separate company from us - operates from Lamlash Pier and between April and end October usually runs daily trips for day visitors, as well as bringing on guests coming for one of our courses, retreats or workshops.
The crossing to the Holy Isle depends on the timing of low tide in Lamlash Bay. Therefore, when you book your stay we'll send you a confirmation email, detailing the crossing times for your specific dates.
Please do not book your travel until you have received your confirmation email.
Please note you need to book your crossing to the Holy Isle with Lamlash Cruises.
For further information and booking details:
Ardrossan ferry timetable
You need to plan your journey around the Ardrossan Ferry, which is operated by Caledonian MacBrayne. Here are links to the current timetables:
Weather and sea conditions can sometimes prevent crossings. Holy Isle office staff watch the weather closely and liaise daily with the operators of Lamlash Cruises. If disruption looks possible, we'll do our best to warn you a few days in advance.