Travel to Kintyre
Road & Ferry
The A83 is the main route in to Kintyre and passes through some amazing scenery. Use the Wild About Argyll website and plan your trip to make the most out of this opportunity!
Nearer the 2021 season we’ll update with any news of the Ardrossan-Campbeltown ferry that is expected to run after being cancelled during 2020 due to Covid-19.
Recently, the Rest And Be Thankful part of the A83 has been subject to landslides attributed to climate change. Normally this just means you are diverted to the Old Military Road for a short while which runs parallel. They (BEAR) use a convoy system and you might be delayed by around ten minutes, which is minimal and they do a great job. It’s a harmless and almost unnoticeable diversion.
When safety assessments declare that the Old Military Road (OMR) is unusable, you might need to take a different route and the graphic shows these alternative routes.
Most commonly, you would either drive via A82, A85 & A819, (the north part of the loop on the graphic), or drive and take two vehicle ferries, Western Ferries McInroy’s Point (Gourock) to Hunter’s Quay (Dunoon) then drive to Portavadie and take the Calmac ferry to Tarbert. (This is the bottom arrow on the graphic).
It would be much easier to take the Ardrossan – Campbeltown ferry but we’ve yet to receive confirmation that this service will actually run in 2021. Please contact Calmac to enquire. firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how you get on. Contact us.
We’ve included a link to the service status pages for Western Ferries and Calmac ferries and the road service BEAR Scotland for A83 updates, Traffic Scotland and you can use Google maps to work out directions.