The principal road through Carrick is the A77 that links Ayr and Stranraer and passes through Maybole and Girvan. Secondary roads are the A714 from Newton Stewart and the A719 coast road from Ayr.
If coming from the north use the A77. The A719 offers a spectacular coastal route and is not much slower than the A77. Journey time from Glasgow would be about 75 minutes to Maybole and 90 minutes to Girvan.
If coming from the east the A70 is a useful connector to the M74 and journey time to Ayr is around an hour from Junction 12. Maybole and Girvan are around 15 and 30 minutes drive from Ayr.
If coming from the south the M6 is the main road to southwest Scotland then one can either take the M74 to junction 12, or the A76 and A70 to Ayr or alternatively the A75 to Newton Stewart and the A714. From Newton Stewart travel time is around 55 minutes to Girvan and 70 minutes to Maybole.
The Main bus operator in and around Carrick is Stagecoach. Timetables and Route plans can be found at their West of Scotland website.
The railway runs through some of the most attractive scenery and covers a relatively undiscovered part of Scotland. Stopping at Maybole Girvan and Barrhill the line spans nearly 60 miles between Ayr and Stranraer. However, visitors will find a host of activities and places of interest to visit along the route as well as fantastic views from the carriage window. Line, walking and cycle guides can be downloaded from the Saylsa website.
ScotRail operates all rail services in Carrick. There are three rail stations in Carrick, Maybole, Girvan and Barrhill. There are 15 services every weekday including Saturdays between Ayr, Maybole and Girvan and six services between Ayr, Barrhill and on to Stranraer. On Sundays there are three services calling at all Carrick’s stations.
From the north most journeys will involve travelling on the Glasgow Central to Ayr line and changing at Ayr. There are a small number of direct services some via Paisley and some via Kilmarnock.
From the south you may find it more convenient to travel from Carlisle and change at Kilmarnock.
Look out for cheap ticket deals. The SPT daytripper ticket offers good value and ScotRail often offers the Club55 ticket in addition to Young Person and Senior Citizen tickets for pass holders.
Staff on our trains and at Carrick’s only staffed station, Girvan, are particularly helpful and friendly and we welcome people to come by train.
Maybole and Barrhill stations are unstaffed and Girvan is staffed only until 2pm each weekday, but is open all day on a Sunday.
The National Rail Enquiries offers advice on a variety of tickets to reach Scotland from the south and for travelling around Scotland. Sleeper tickets can be booked through First ScotRail Telesales on (Tel: 08457 550033) or via First Scotrail.
For timetable information and fares contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or via Network Rail’s Journeyplanner.
The nearest airport is Prestwick largely served by Ryan Air and Whizz. Ryan Air operates predominantly to holiday destinations in the Mediterranean both Ryan Air and Whizz also serve Poland. The other major airport is Glasgow situated near Paisley.
From Preswick you can catch the train to direct to Carrick or pick up a hire car from either airport.