Ardrossan Harbour

Location type


Name and dates

Ardrossan Harbour (1986-)

Station code: ADS National Rail ScotRail
Where: North Ayrshire, Scotland
Opened on the Ardrossan Railway.
Opened on the Caledonian MacBrayne.
Open on the Kilwinning, Ardrossan and Largs.


This spartan single platform terminal station replaced the terminus of the line immediately to the north and closer to the harbour, Ardrossan Winton Pier. The platform is on the west side of the track.

Trains run to Glasgow Central. Like Ardrossan Town the station sees fewer trains than Ardrossan South Beach which is also served by trains to Largs.

There is a covered walkway to the nearby Caledonian MacBrayne ticket office and waiting room for the ferry service to Brodick Pier on Arran.

Caledonian MacBrayne - Ardrossan

The loading ramp for the ferries is built on the site of the dock gates for the Ardrossan Old Dock, now infilled and the site of the ferry car park and storage area for yachts out of the water.




Gaelic name: Caladh Àird Rosain
Bike rack
Free parking
Ferry link: Ferry to Brodick, Isle of Arran, and summer only ferry to Campbeltown.

Chronology Dates

  /  /1854Ardrossan RailwayGlasgow and South Western Railway
The older Ardrossan Railway was merged with the Glasgow and South Western Railway. The older line was re-gauged earlier to provide a through connection to Ardrossan Harbour.
  /  /1987Ardrossan Railway
Ardrossan Winton Pier closed when line is cut back to a replacement station; Ardrossan Harbour.
  /  /2001P&O Irish Sea
The Ardrossan Harbour to Larne Harbour service is relocated to Troon Harbour to Larne Harbour.
24/08/2001Ardrossan Railway
A Class 318, on approach to Ardrossan Harbour, struck a Stagecoach bus at the ungated level crossing just south of the station.

News items

07/12/2023Gangway at Ardrossan harbour out of action due to fault [Ardrossan Herald]
28/11/2023MSP raises concerns that ferry service will be lost to Troon [Ardrossan Herald]
17/09/2023Arran Ferry Group fears over Ardrossan harbour upgrade delay [Ardrossan Herald]
15/08/2023Ardrossan Harbour Redevelopment [Transport Scotland]
02/08/2023Ayrshire travel: Largs, Ardrossan train services were suspended [Ardrossan Herald]
26/06/2023Network Rail: Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenston level crossing safety [Ardrossan Herald]
16/06/2023Ardrossan Arran ferry: Timetable changes due to terminal problem [Ardrossan Herald]
04/05/2023'Emergency ferry' docking trial at Ardrossan harbour [Ardrossan Herald]
10/05/2022Troon: MSP stops by harbour to check in on upgrade works [Ayr Advertiser]
08/04/2022Consultation to be held in Brodick [North Ayrshire Council]


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)

Ardrossan (North) 1895: Ayrshire Sheet 16.01 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Ayrshire)

Ardrossan (South) 1895: Ayrshire Sheet 16.05 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Ayrshire)

Ayrshire and Renfrewshire's Lost Railways

Ayrshire's Last Days of Steam

London, Midland and Scottish Railway Engine Sheds: Glasgow and South Western v. 7: Their History and Development

Old Ardrossan

Passenger Steamers of the Glasgow and South Western Railway