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Travelling from the west of Scotland

Drving from the west of Scotland

From Greenock and Inverclyde in the west take the A8 via the M8 motorway to Glasgow.

Driving to this year's Games is not advised due to lack of parking opportunities at venues, Blue Badge allocations and limited Park & Ride spaces. For this reason we recommend that you plan your journey around Glasgow via walkingcycling or using public transport in advance. 

Glasgow is at the heart of Scotland’s motorway network, accessible from all areas of the country. For real time travel information on all of Scotland’s trunk roads, visit Traffic Scotland, or access it via the Traveline Scotland app. For information on Scotland’s trunk road network visit Transport Scotland.

To find out the carbon cost of driving around Scotland, visit the Traffic Scotland Carbon Calculator. Increasing the number of occupants in a car can reduce your carbon footprint substantially, so why not consider journey sharing?

Travelling by rail from the west of Scotland

Glasgow Central Station is the main rail interchange for the west of Scotland with four services an hour to Ayr as well as services to Kilmarnock and towns with ferry terminals such as Ardrossan, Largs, Troon and Dunoon. Glasgow Central Station also links directly to Prestwick Airport. ScotRail has announced that it will be providing additional late night services to Ayr, Kilmarnock, Largs, Wemyss Bay and Gourock.

Travelling longer distances by bus from the west of Scotland

McGills provides coach services from Greenock to Glasgow. Stagecoach provides direct services from Kilmarnock and Ayr to Glasgow while McGills provides a service from Gourock and serves Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire with direct links to Glasgow from Largs, Gourock, Greenock, Barrhead, Helensburgh and Alexandria. Stagecoach will run extra services from Ayrshire during the Games.

Travelling by ferry from the west of Scotland

Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) provides ferry services, between the Scottish mainland and 22 of the major islands off Scotland's west coast.

From Rothesay to Wemyss Bay, there is return ferry service every hour and the crossing time is 35 minutes. It is approximately 50 minutes by train from Wemyss Bay to Glasgow Central Station.

From Great Cumbrae to Largs there are up to four ferry services an hour each way with a crossing time of 10 minutes. There are frequent train services to Glasgow from Largs with an approximate journey time of one hour. 

From Campbeltown to Ardrossan, there is a ferry service once a day, three times a week with an approximate crossing time of two hours and 40 minutes. From Brodick to Ardrossan there are up to 10 daily return services and the crossing time is 55 minutes. There are train services to Glasgow from Ardrossan Harbour every hour and the travel time is approximately 50 minutes.

Argyll Ferries provides a service from Dunoon to Gourock town centre, adjacent rail terminal. There is a ferry service every 30 minutes each way and the crossing time is 25 minutes. There are also regular trains to Glasgow from this train station and the journey time is approximately 50 minutes.


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