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Of Cars and Ferries

At the risk of asking yet another CDW question........ Has anyone had any experience using Allianz's super CDW in Scotland? I noticed that the super CDW offered by Europcar is provided by Allianz. Allianz is also the super CDW offered by AAA. Using the AAA Allianz super CDW is much less expensive than that offered by Europcar. Comments? Opinions?

Secondly, do folks suggest car reservations for the CalMac ferry between Ardossan and Brodick? It would be September 3 which is a Tuesday (if that matters).


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We always make reservations. Our trips typically have very little wiggle room so a reservation assures us a place on the ferry.

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Hi, kclyons,

I can't answer your CDW question, as I always use my credit card for complete insurance coverage. However, there are nine sailings per day from Ardrossan to Brodick on Tuesdays. If you need to be on Arran by a specific time, then it would be in your best interest to reserve your ferry space ahead of time. You can make the reservations from the U.S. by internet or telephone, or you can telephone once you get to Scotland if you've decided on a specific time by then.

If you get to the ferry slip without a reservation, you can go on standby. You'd have a really good chance of boarding the next ferry, as they use one of the larger ferries on that route.

Are you returning to Ardrossan, or are you taking the Lochranza to Claonaig ferry to the Kintyre Peninsula? If it's the latter, you can't make an advance reservation for that one. You just show up at Lochranza and wait in line. That ferry runs frequently as well. Just make sure that you don't get in the queue for the last ferry of the day. If you can't get on, you're pretty much stuck in Lochranza for the night. It's a pretty village, with an excellent castle (free admission), but there's not a whole lot to do.


Mike (Auchterless)

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Thanks Nancy and Mike! I really appreciate the tips. We’ll probably take our chances since our schedule is still fairly flexible. And yes, Mike, I think we’ll go off the north end via Lochranza.