Argyll, Cowal and Loch Lomond

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Journey by train or plane to Argyll and Loch Lomond


Is the long journey from the south the only issue holding you back from a holiday in Argyll and Loch Lomond region?

If this is the case there are many interesting travel options, should you really want to avoid the long drive from the South.


Option 1 - by Rail



Glasgow Central and Queen Street stations are served by direct Anglo / Scottish train services.

1. There are regular (almost every hour) day trains between London Euston and Glasgow Central between 0700 and 1800 hours (4/5 hours approx journey time)

Also....a daily direct sleeper service operated by Scotrail from London Euston departing (approx 2345 hours) calling at intermediate stations via Watford, Birmingham, Crewe. Preston delivering you "bright and breezy" in Glasgow Central at (approx 0715 hours) and a corresponding return service departing from Glasgow Central (approx 2340 hours) arriving London Euston at (approx 0700 hours).

2. There is also a regular service operated by GNER from London Kings Cross calling at intermediate stations via Huntingdon, Peterborough, Doncaster, York, Newcastle to Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street (5/6 hours approx journey time)

More information is available through national rail enquiries Tel 08457 484950 and their website 



Option 2 - by Air



There are 2 airports serving Glasgow, Strathclyde and Ayrshire 

Glasgow (Paisley) Airport

Has a major airport taking regular service flights from the following...

British airways Tel 0870 850 9850 who operate to/from Aberdeen, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Cork, Dublin, Isle of Man, Leeds/ Bradford, Manchester, Plymouth, Southampton, London City, Gatwick, Heathrow.

Easy Jet Tel 0870 6 000 000 who operate to/from Amsterdam, Belfast, Bristol, East Midlands, London Luton and Stansted.

British Midland Tel 0870 607 0555 who operate to/from Leeds, Manchester, London Heathrow, East Midlands, Copenhagen and

Flybe Tel 0871 700 0123 who operate to/from Exeter, Southampton, Belfast and Birmingham

Car Hire 

Car hire from as little as £99 a week from the following...all desks located within the airport. 

Hertz, Avis, Europcar, National, Alamo, Budget and Enterprise



Prestwick (Ayrshire) Airport

Just 32 miles from Glasgow has an airport taking regular service flights from the following....

Ryanair Tel 0871 246 0000 operate to/from Bournemouth, Frankfurt, London Stansted, Dublin, Paris and Stockholm.

British Midland Tel 0870 607 0555 operate to/from Cardiff.

Car Hire 

Car hire from as little as £99 a week from the following...all desks located within the airport. 

Hertz 01292 511 281 National 01292 671 222 Avis 01292 477 218 Europcar +44 (0)1292 678 198



Roads and Ferries


Argyll and Loch Lomond from Glasgow

(by car and ferry )

Option 1

From Glasgow take the M8 motorway west towards Glasgow Airport (Paisley). Then cross the Eskine toll bridge over the Clyde river and head up the A82 passing Dumbarton and then along the banks of Loch Lomond as far as Tarbet.

From Tarbet head out toward Campbeltown on the A83, passing the little village of Arrochar and up and over the rest and be thankfull pass. Approx 5 miles further on from here, look for the left turning to Dunoon A815. (If Loch Fyne is then on your right hand side your on the right road, if it is on the left you need to turn back)

Keep following the A815 towards St Catherines and Strachur, after some 4 miles the road decends almost to the level of the loch.


(approx 70 minutes minutes journey time)

Option 2 via the ferry

Glasgow take the M8 motorway west to Gourock then choose from the following ferries..

Caledonian Macbrayne and Western Ferries connect Dunoon and the Cowal peninsula with the Ayrshire coastline from 2 ports in Gourock, both ferries run every hour...western ferries operate 24 hours per day. Both ferry crossings are approx 30 minutes, inexpensive and very pleasurable. 

On arrival at Dunnon off one of these ferries, access Shore Cottage in your car within 30 minutes, by simply following the A815 North out of Dunoon, passing Pucks Glen, the Benmore Botanic Gardens, then along side Loch Eck passing the Coylet Inn passing through the delightful village village of Strachur and after 2 miles the road decends almost to the level of the loch.

(approx 100 / 130 minutes minutes journey time)

 N.B. All travel information listed is intended as a guide only and we recommend that you contact personally any of the companies you intend travelling or hiring with through, the word hyper links we have provided.


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