Thinking of going but leaving car on the mainland, any advice from the wise ukc elves greatly appreciated.
A car would be helpful.
I was there a couple weeks ago & the bus service didn't look great!
I've never taken a car across, crazy talk!
It's been a long time (20 years) since I've been there but I never took a car - if you're climbing in Glen Rosa you can walk from the ferry terminal, and either camp at the official campsite at the foot of Glen Rosa or carry on and bivvy/camp at the top (which is what I always did, being a penniless student at the time).
Waste of money taking a car. As others have said it's a short walk to Glen Rosa from Brodick. Also a number of bike hire oulets in Brodick. The Arran bus services are ok. All ferries connect with local buses at Brodick pier.
I seem to remember there are some good howffs at the top of Glen Rosa, though my main memory of sleeping there on my own (in September) was being kept awake by the bellowing of rutting stags - slightly alarming to be in close proximity to all that heavily-armed testosterone...
Leave your car in Ardrossan; take your bike across. Isn't that the obvious solution?
I've never taken a car to Arran.
I have found the busses connect well with the ferries.
And if it is Goatfell you want, that is an easy walk from the harbour, though you can get the bus to a number of other start points.
There are several campsites on the island, all of which can be reached by a bus that meets the ferry. http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/townlisting.asp?town=Isle%20Of%20Arran&county=
Of course, this being the People's Republic of Scotland you can wild camp anywhere that is wild (ie not ploughed fields or people's gardens).
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