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Destination(s) 🇬🇧 Scotland, 🇬🇧 United Kingdom
Distance 3 Miles, 4 km
Duration 20 Minutes
Operated by CalMac Ferries, Western Ferries
Sailings Up to 84 times per day
2p+Car+Return in our estimation £ 25

The Gourock-Dunoon crossing is Scotland’s busiest ferry route. It crosses the mouth of the River Clyde and avoids a 82 mile detour.

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Ferry to Dunoon and Gourock

Two ferry companies operate between Dundoon and Gourock. Those are Western Ferries and CalMac.

  • Western Ferries departs just south of Gourock and arrives just north of Dundoon (McInroy's Point – Hunter's Quay). This ferry company also takes vehicles.
  • Calmac sails from the center of Gourock to the center of Dundoon. This ferry is only accessible to foot passengers. An additional advantage of this last ferry is that the boarding point is located next to the railway station. This makes this crossing a great connection for people traveling by train from Glasgow.
The busiest ferry route within Scotland in terms of passengers and vehicles carried is the service between Gourock and Dunoon, operated by Western Ferries, which carried 849,700 passengers in 2020. There were 438,500 cars carried on this route and 26,000 commercial vehicles and buses in 2020.[1]Scottish Transport Statistics 2021,
1Scottish Transport Statistics 2021,

Route Map

In the map below we have added the two connections from Western Ferries and Calmac. The shortest route on the map is from Western Ferries.

Tickets and Booking

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Calmac tickets

No advance booking is necessary on these sailings, tickets can be purchased on the day of travel.

Western Ferries Tickets

You can purchase tickets for all passenger and vehicle categories onboard. It is also possible to order online (UK only).  All tickets purchased online will be despatched by Royal Mail Signed For® First Class post.


Which ferry companies sail on this crossing?

The ferry between Gourock and Dunoon is currently operated by Western Ferries and CalMac.

How long does the Gourock-Dunoon crossing take?

The travel time of the Gourock-Dunoon ferry is around: 20 minutes. Please arrive early at the harbor and calculate extra time for check-in and boarding if necessary. How long in advance you need to be present is usually communicated on your ticket or on the website of the ferry operator you sail with.

How often does the Gourock-Dunoon ferry sail?

This is a very busy route and ferries run from both departure points. In high season, Western Ferries run every 15 minutes. That equates to approximately 52 crossings. For CalMac we count 32 in busier periods.

What is the distance between Gourock and Dunoon?

The distance between Gourock and Dunoon is approximately 2,5 miles or 4 km.