ULTRA TOUR OF ARRAN IS A STUNNING 2 DAY RUNNING ADVENTURE SET ON THE MYTHICAL ISLE OF ARRAN
As the event is based on an island and to help you with the logistics of the event and ensure you have the best weekend possible, we will operate parking, shuttle buses and camping as detailed below. We also offer some advice on journey times to the ferry post at Ardrossan and some information on recommended ways to get to the event, using car, boat and foot.
There are 2 key locations at this event:
REGISTRATION, START, FINISH, CAMPING, FOOD, BEV, RACER SERVICES, ENTERTAINMENT
Ultra Tour Base Camp
Brodick, Isle of Arran
SCOTTISH MAINLAND, ACCESS TO THE ISLE OF ARRAN, FERRY CROSSINGS TO BRODICK
Ardrossan Ferry Terminal
Getting to Ardrossan and onto Arran by ferry
Ardrossan is located some 40 miles south of Glasgow and is easily accessible from the motorway and main road network of the UK. It is the main ferry terminal for Arran and whilst there is a crossing that serves Lochranza on Arran from the Mull of Kintyre on the mainland, we 100% recommend the Ardrossan – Brodick crossing.
The crossing takes 55 mins and is operated by CalMac, on large, modern boats with catering, shop, seating on board and multiple vehicle decks plus space for 1000 foot passengers per sailing. There are up to 10 sailings per day and you can book vehicle and foot passengers in advance, once the sailings schedule has been released, usually 6 months out from the event. THERE IS NO ISSUE WITH FOOT PASSENGER AVAILABILITY at any time, given the extremely high capacity.
Vehicle spots do sell out on some sailings closer to the sailing date, so you should prioritise those bookings when sailing become available, although they are extremely unlikely to sell out for all crossings and they will only ever sell out much closer to the sailing date. If taking a vehicle, we would advise booking your ferry travel as soon as you can after booking your event entry. For Foot Passengers, the advice from CalMac is that this is really not required and space will always be available. Of course, the earlier you book, the more piece of mind you will have.
There are 2 options for using the Ardrossan – Brodick ferry:
OUR RECOMMENDED OPTION – FOOT PASSENGER LEAVING CAR AT ARDROSSAN FERRY TERMINAL
There is a car park at Ardrossan Ferry Terminal with space for 500 vehicles. You cannot book in advance and it is £4/ first 4 hrs and £3 per 24 hrs thereafter. If it is full (unlikely) then there is extra on-street parking in the town, which is adjacent. The foot passenger fare is £7.50 per person, return. On arrival in Brodick, we will have a free on demand shuttle service operating for you and your luggage. Head for our minibus at the port and it will take you to the Ultra Tour Basecamp. Or bring no tent and get involved with one of our fully serviced Glamping deals – see HERE.
OTHER OPTION – BRING CAR TO ARRAN (OR MOTORHOME)
This is fine and the fare is reasonable: £30.20 return for a standard car and £7.50 per person return for each passenger inside. When you get to the island, there is parking offered for the full weekend at or near our Basecamp for £20. Weekend parking is limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. It is available to book in advance HERE. We also offer ‘Park and Pitch’ plus camper van pitches (with electric hook-up or without) and info on these options is available HERE.