The Kintyre Express

About The Kintyre Express:

Kintyre Express Service: Your Gateway to Islay

Discover the Beauty of Islay with Kintyre Express

Embark on a scenic and convenient journey to the breath-taking Isle of Islay with the Kintyre Express. Whether you are a whisky enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking a tranquil getaway, Kintyre Express offers a seamless and memorable travel experience from Northern Ireland and the Kintyre Peninsula to the heart of Islay.

Route Overview

The Kintyre Express Service connects Ballycastle in Northern Ireland and Campbeltown on the Kintyre Peninsula to Port Ellen on Islay. This direct route allows you to bypass lengthy and complex travel arrangements, bringing you straight to the island’s renowned distilleries, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture.

Operating Times

Kintyre Express operates seasonally, from May to September, providing a perfect window to explore Islay during its most picturesque months. The service runs several times a week, ensuring flexibility for your travel plans. Timetables are available on our website and are designed to align with local events and peak tourist seasons, making it easier than ever to plan your visit.


  • Ballycastle to Port Ellen, Islay: £80 one way, £150 return journey
  • Campbeltown to Ballycastle: £80 one way, £150 return journey

Journey Times

  • Ballycastle to Port Ellen, Islay: Approximately 1 hour.
  • Campbeltown to Ballycastle: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

Our modern vessels are equipped with comfortable seating, panoramic views, and onboard facilities to ensure a pleasant voyage, making your travel to Islay as enjoyable as your stay.

Why Choose Kintyre Express?

  • Direct and Convenient: Avoid long drives and ferry transfers.
  • Scenic Route: Enjoy stunning views of the coastlines and marine wildlife.
  • Flexible Schedule: Choose from multiple departures throughout the week.
  • Comfort and Safety: Travel in modern, well-maintained boats with experienced crew members.

Plan Your Trip

Ready to embark on your adventure to Islay? Visit our website to book your tickets, view the full schedule, and learn more about the Kintyre Express Service. We look forward to welcoming you aboard for an unforgettable journey to one of Scotland’s most enchanting islands.

For more information and to book your trip, please visit Kintyre Express or contact our customer service team at

Experience the magic of Islay with the ease and comfort of Kintyre Express – your direct route to adventure!

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