Travel to Kintyre
Road & Ferry
Where to get fuelled up ⛽
Petrol Map do a good job of highlighting fuel pumping stations along the way, Inveraray, Lochgiplhead, Tarbert, Clachan and Campbeltown are all en route.
If you have an Electric Vehicle (EV) there’s a good amount of charging points on the route supplied by ChargePlace Scotland. ChargePlace Scotland is Scotland’s national Electric Vehicle (EV) charging network owned and developed by the Scottish Government
What if the Rest And Be Thankful is closed? ℹ
No need to panic, there's more than one way to Campbeltown! This map shows you some alternatives. 👍
By road, the standard route to Campbeltown is generally the A82 (out of Glasgow), take the A83 and follow it all the way to Campbeltown. It takes you through some of the most stunning scenery in Western Scotland and there are plenty of things to see and do on the way.
Recently, the Rest And Be Thankful (RABT) part of the A83 has been subject to landslides attributed to climate change. This closes the A83 at the RABT. Normally this just means you’re diverted to the Old Military Road (OMR) for a short while which runs parallel.
- LIGHT GREEN PIN: OMR Diversion. BEAR use a convoy system and you might be delayed by around ten minutes. It’s a harmless and almost unnoticeable diversion parallel to the normal route.
- ORANGE PIN: Sometimes the OMR is also closed. When this happens the “standard diversion” is signposted. This is via A82, A85 & A819. You can take time out to visit Oban on the way!
- RED PINS: Alternatively and if you had enough time to plan ahead, you could drive and take two vehicle ferries and add to the adventure. First, the Western Ferries McInroy’s Point (Gourock) to Hunter’s Quay (Dunoon) then drive to Portavadie and take the Calmac ferry to Tarbert and continue the journey on the A83.
- DARK GREEN PINS: If your trip aligned with the ferry timetable, it would be much easier to take the Ardrossan – Campbeltown ferry!
- LIGHT BLUE PINS: Other alternatives would be the Ardrossan to Brodick and Lochranza to Claonaig ferries so you can fit a visit to Arran in, there’s plenty to see and do!
We’ve included relevant links and as you can see there are quite a few alternative routes to consider.