The TimberLINK Service ships up to 100,000 tonnes of timber a year from the Argyll ports of Ardrishaig, Campeltown and Sandbank to wood processing plants in Ayrshire such as Egger (Auchinleck), Land Energy (Girvan), Caledonian Paper and Mairs Sawmill (both in Irvine) and Glennon's Sawmill (Troon). As well as helping to ensure economic development around the local ports, the service removes around 8,000 lorry journeys – or nearly one million lorry miles – a year from roads between Argyll and Ayrshire, including the busy tourist routes on the Argyll peninsula and the A82 through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.


The floating pier at Ardcastle, just north of Lochgilphead, is currently being used by the TimberLINK service instead of Ardrishaig which is temporarily out of commission.

Timberlink is run by Associated British Ports.

For more information, read our TimberLINK Case Study.

Floating pier at Ardcastle

Environmental and Economic Review of the TimberLINK Service

This report was commissioned in 2016 to review both the environmental and economic benefits of the TimberLINK Service.