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CalMac operates a car ferry from Tarbert to Portavadie on the Cowal Peninsula (adult/car £2.70/8.40, 25 minutes, six to 12 daily). From late October to March there are also ferries to Lochranza on Arran (adult/car £2.90/9.70, 1¼ hours, one daily) that must be booked in advance.

Ferries to Islay and Colonsay depart from Kennacraig ferry terminal, 5 miles southwest.


Tarbert is served by four to five daily coaches with Scottish Citylink, between Campbeltown (£8.40, one hour) and Glasgow (£17.70, 3¼ hours).