For some time I have advocated a ferry service between Ayrshire and the Mull of Kintyre, and now it has become a reality with Caledonian MacBrayne's new service from Ardrossan to Campbeltown:
Initially running for thee year trial period, the new service uses the existing Ardrossan ferry that serves Brodick on the isle of Arran. Using Troon rather than Ardrossan might have provided a shorter sea crossing, but Ardrossan does have the advantage of being rail connected, and using the Ardrossan-Brodick ferry for the trial period will save money over opening a new route with new tonnage. This link will cut the length of journey to Campbeltown for those travelling from points south of Glasgow, eliminating the tortuous road journey via the infamous A83. Some have criticized the timetable due to the low number of daily crossings, but hopefully the new service will prove a success, and pave the way for a more frequent service.