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Small is beau­ti­ful A car park, phone box, bus shel­ter, pub­lic loo and a wheelie bin sit along­side the slip­way at Claonaig at the junc­tion of the B8001 and B842 mak­ing up one of the smaller CalMac op­er­a­tions.

An unat­tended slip­way; tick­ets are bought on board this sea­sonal ferry. Don’t be fooled: the ferry is a busy one, a vi­tal step in the hop­scotch be­tween Ar­ran and Is­lay for tourists and a wel­come mile-saver for lo­cal busi­nesses.

Check out: Car­radale for car­a­vans and camp­ing, bak­ery, shops and it has a post of­fice and a great choice of qual­ity ac­com­mo­da­tion and eater­ies. Skip­ness has a post of­fice and store and a seafood cabin has a huge army of fans. The Skip­ness fam­ily ceilidhs are a high­light of the sum­mer.

The jour­ney: the B8001 takes you from Skip­ness to the A83; B842 is mainly sin­gle-track to Car­radale, hug­ging the coast with some in­ter­est­ing hills and bends and the re­ward of a won­der­ful seascape. Be aware: fuel at Lochgilp­head and Camp­bel­town, Clachan and Tayin­loan; no fill­ing sta­tions on east­ern side of Kin­tyre.

Hop­scotch: Ken­nacraig for Is­lay; Camp­bel­town for Brod­ick; Tar­bert Loch Fyne for Por­tavadie.

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