Getting there


You will find on this page travel directions by car (from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness), coach and ferry to Dunoon. The most convenient railway station for Dunoon is at Gourock, followed by a ferry crossing. We have also included information on the closest airports to Dunoon.

BY CAR

From Glasgow (34 miles – including ferry crossing)

Your car journey from Glasgow to Dunoon should take around 1 hour 10 minutes in normal traffic conditions, plus time allowed for the ferry crossing to Dunoon.

Follow the M8 westbound past Glasgow Airport, and follow it past Junction 29, when the M8 becomes the A8. Follow signs for A8 Greenock, and then take the turnoff for the A770 signposted for Gourock. You then have two ferry crossing options – either Western Ferries from McInroy’s Point (Gourock) to Hunter’s Quay (Dunoon), or a passenger-only service now operated by Caledonian MacBrayne between Gourock and Dunoon.

From Edinburgh (80 miles)

A car journey with normal traffic conditions from Edinburgh to Dunoon should take just over 2 hours, with extra time factored in for the ferry crossing to Dunoon.

Follow the M8 westbound all the way past Livingston, Glasgow and Glasgow Airport, and follow it past Junction 29, when the M8 becomes the A8. Follow signs for A8 Greenock, and then take the turnoff for the A770 signposted for Gourock. You then have two ferry crossing options – either Western Ferries from McInroy’s Point (Gourock) to Hunter’s Quay (Dunoon), or a passenger-only service now operated by Caledonian MacBrayne between Gourock and Dunoon.

From Inverness (173 miles)

In light traffic, your car journey from Loch Ness to Dunoon should take just under 4 hours 30 minutes.

Take the A82 southbound past Loch Ness, through Fort William, and all the way south across the Moor of Rannoch, through Bridge of Orchy, Tyndrum and Crianlarich, until you arrive at Tarbet on the west side of Loch Lomond. Turn right at Tarbet onto the A83 following signs for Campbeltown. Follow the A83 through Arrochar, up past the Rest and Be Thankful, and then take a left turning onto the A815 signposted for Dunoon and the Isle of Bute Ferry. Continue to follow local signs for Dunoon – there is no need for a ferry crossing coming in this direction.

BY TRAIN

Probably the most convenient train station to use for Dunoon is the train service from Glasgow Central to Gourock, and then to take the ferry from Gourock across the Dunoon. Trains are operated by Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT)



BY AIR

Glasgow Airport is 27 miles from Dunoon, including a ferry crossing. The airport has connections through the UK, Europe and has some flights to Asia and the United States.

Prestwick Airport (also known as Glasgow Prestwick Airport, though it is not really in Glasgow) is 45 miles from Dunoon, including a ferry crossing, with mostly low cost flights operating from UK and European destinations.

Edinburgh Airport is 73 miles from Dunoon, including a ferry crossing. Flights operate primarily to UK and European destinations, with limited flights to the United States.

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