Isle of Arran
Getting around Arran is easy, as apart from side roads in the villages, there are only 3 main roads to choose from.
There are petrol stations in Brodick, Lamlash, Whiting Bay and Blackwaterfoot but none in the north of the island.
If staying in Lochranza you will be 15 miles from a petrol station, so make sure you are not running low. If arriving on the Lochranza ferry the nearest petrol station is at Tarbert.
Insider Tip.Watch out for wildlife on the roads. There are often red deer, especially at night. Red squirrels are lovely to see, but not when they are dead on the road.
Parking is limited on the island, please be considerate of other people when you park. Do not block driveways or leave your car where it may cause an obstruction.
Directions for Lochranza Youth Hostel from the ferry terminals can be found here
The island is well served by buses operated by SPT (Strathclyde Partnership for Transport). There are 3 bus routes which all link together and also link with the Brodick ferry making it all very easy for getting around Arran..
Arran Buses are a frequent sight
It is therefore possible to combine these routes and use 322 and 323 to do a Southern loop of the island. 322 and 324 will make a Northern loop, whilst 323 and 324 does a coastal loop of the whole island.
It really is a viable option to leave the car at home and travel everywhere using buses.
Bus timetables can be obtained at the Tourist Information offices or it can be downloaded from the SPT website
The maximum cost for a single bus journey for an adult is £2.50. Childrern age 5 to 16 travel half price and under 5s are free
If you want to make more use of the buses, then there are a couple of good options
The roads mentioned above all make good cycling routes but can be narrow and twisty so may not be suitable for inexperienced cyclists.
With a total lap of the island being about 58 miles you could make a good holiday by staying at a few different places. Or for shorter rides you can use the 'String' road to make half island loops.