Map and how to get there

What's nearby:



Nearest travel links

Airport Campbeltown 25 km
Ferry Tayinloan 2 km
Train station Tarbet & Arrochar 100 km
Car Car advised

How to get there

By Road

(Glasgow to Killean by road is 116 miles, and will take approx 2 ½ hrs) Travelling by car from the South you will take the M6 northbound to the Scottish Border, followed by the M74 into Glasgow. Follow the signs for the M8 westbound (towards the airport) that will take you through Glasgow Centre. From the M8 fork left onto the M898 which takes you over the Erskine Bridge. At the end of the Erskine Bridge turn a sharp left onto the A82 (towards Crainlarich and Loch Lomond). Stay on this until you reach Tarbet where you will then fork left onto the A83 (towards Campbeltown). This road will take you all the way to Killean, travelling over the 'Rest And Be Thankful' mountains, around the top of the Loch heads of Loch Long, Loch Fyne and finally Loch Gilp and passing through the towns of Inveraray, Lochgilphead and Tarbert and finally the small ferry port of Tayinloan. 1.2 miles after you have passed through Tayinloan, you will see the Dolls Cottages on the left hand side of the road, which are the first of the Killean Estate Properties.

An excellent way to travel to Killean, is to drive there, whereupon you will experience driving through the fantastic highland landscape, and then return by ferry, thereby sampling the delights that the coastline has to offer. This will work out a slightly more expensive option, but is well worth it!


(Glasgow to Killean by ferry will take approx the same time as by road). From the mainland (ie Glasgow), the favoured option is to sail with Caledonian MacBrayen (Calmac) from Gourock to Dunoon and then from Portavadie to Tarbert. There are ferries every hour during the day however it is best to book in advance as they can often get very busy. Once in Tarbert, Killean is 20 miles south, along the A83 coastal road.

Another option by ferry is to sail from Ardrossan, which is just south of Glasgow, to Brodick on the Isle of Arran. Once you have crossed over the Island, you will then sail from Lochranza to Claonaig on the east coast of the Mull of Kintyre. This is an ideal route to take should you wish to see Arran. Again booking is advisable, particularly during the summer as the ferries can get booked up. There is also a direct service from Ardrossan to Campbeltown in the summer only, which is a much quicker and direct route. For up to date ferry information and prices, please visit

There is also another ferry service (foot passenger only) running between Troon and Campbeltown (as well as a second service between Ballycastle, Northern Ireland and Campbeltown). Ferrys run in the summer only. The company has a minibus that will bring you to Killean by arrangement. Please visit for details.


Bus services between Tarbert and Kennacraig, Campbeltown, Gourock, Glasgow and Oban are operated by Scottish Citylink Coaches (Tel: 08705 505050). Bus services between Portavadie and Dunoon, Tarbert, Kennacraig and Claonaig are operated by Argyll & Bute Council (Tel: 01546 604360). Bus services on Arran are operated by Traveline (Tel: 0870 608 2 608).


Local train services are operated by First ScotRail (Tel: 08457 484950). We recommend that if travelling to Killean by train, you disembark at Glasgow and take the 926 Citylink Coach Service (Campbeltown service), which travels immediately in front of the properties of Killean Estate. However, if you do prefer to travel as far as possible by train, the nearest stations to Killean are Gourock (then take the ferry/buses) or Tarbet & Arrochar or Loch Awe (then take the bus).


There are twice daily return flights operated by British Airways (weekdays only), between Glasgow International and Campbeltown Airport (Machrihanish) - 16 miles away. Machrihanish Airport has one of the longest runways in the UK and can land almost any type of private aircraft.