CLAONAIG TO LOCHRANZA
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.