Our Vision

Making small cold islands tourism destinations of choice helping to making them sustainable
(financial, economic, social and environmental) and attractive places to live and work.

The Opportunities for Collaboration

Most island communities have a strong heritage and cultural resources. As a result of their heritage of having to be self sufficient
there is generally a good asset base of local crafts and produce creating a very compelling sense of place.


"Creating a unique network of cold water small island destinations in order to benefit from
having a representative voice of influence and forging collaborative working and sharing
practical solutions based upon successful actions and evidence."

Desired Outcomes

Establishing and growing an on-going network and dialogue between destinations
Creating a central and accessible pool of research, knowledge and case studies
Holding regular symposia, conferences and workshops
Promoting the interests of these destinations


Share knowledge of successful practical projects
Create networks of expertise and information
Identify innovative solutions to underpin sustainable growth
Celebrate and recognise best practice project
Develop a common agenda for support and development
Promote awareness of cold islands as tourism destinations
Influencing eu programs and policies

Getting to arran


From abroad fly into Glasgow Int. Airport

Regular train services are available from both airports.
From Glasgow International (GLA) Airport there is a shuttle bus to either Glasgow Central or Paisley Gilmour Street train stations, alternatively taxis are relatively inexpensive and readily available. Glasgow Prestwick (PIK) Airport has it’s own rail station with services via Kilwinning to Ardrossan Harbour.

By Bus

Bus transfer to Paisley Gilmour Street Station or Glasgow Central

By Car

The UK's network of motorways, and other major roads means that Ardrossan Harbour can easily be reached by car. Although conference transport is provided, with road equivalent tariff (RET) you may choose to take your car to Arran.  This does require booking www.calmac.co.uk.  Alternatively, you can park your car at Ardrossan Harbour. 

Train to Ardossan Harbour

The UK has an excellent railway network including both an east coast and west coast main line rail service running from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow.  There is a direct train service from Glasgow Central to Ardrossan Harbour, which passes through Paisley Gilmour Street train station. For more info contact http://www.scotrail.co.uk/

 Ferry to Arran (Brodick)

Timetables & fares

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