Getting Here

By Car

From Glasgow take the A82 to Loch Lomond which then joins the A83 at Tarbet and continues all the way to the ferry terminal at Kennacraig, which is 5 miles past the pretty fishing village of Tarbert . It’s a lovely drive through some of Argyll’s best scenery and should take approximately two and a half hours but make extra time if you want to savour the views.

By Bus

A daily bus service operates from Glasgow’s Buchanan Street Bus Station which makes the connection with the ferry at Kennacraig. Check the timetable schedules for exact departure times with Scottish Citylink Coaches by telephone on 0871 266 3333 or book online at www.citylink.co.uk. Advance ticket bookings can often be rewarded with substantially cheaper fares.

Flight

From Glasgow

Loganair run a twice daily 45 minute scheduled service, from Glasgow International Airport to Islay Glenegadale. Flying is the quickest way and can provide spectacular views over the islands and Kintyre. Buses to and from the airport are sporadic so if you don’t want to rely on them, consult the Getting Around section.

  • To book online and view timetables visit www.loganair.co.uk
  • Contact Islay Airport – 01496 302022

From Oban and Colonsay

Hebridean Air Services fly to and from Islay on Tuesdays and Thursdays

By Ferry

Islay

Caledonian MacBrayne operates the two hour crossing from Kennacraig to Islay, which runs several ferries daily throughout the year. For details of timetables and vehicle reservations (advisable, particularly in the summer season) contact:

  • 0800 066 5000 – all enquiries and reservations
  • 01880 730253 – Kennacraig office
  • 01896 840 620 – Port Askaig office
  • 01496 302209 – Port Ellen office
  • For online bookings and timetables visit www.calmac.co.uk

Ferries to Islay and Jura and now covered by the R.E.T scheme.
The Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) scheme involves setting ferry fares on the basis of the cost of travelling an equivalent distance by road. This has made the ferry journey substantially cheaper.

By boat

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.

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. (you can journey from Cambletown to Ballycastle and on to Islay)

For more information and to book your trip, please visit Kintyre Express or contact the customer service team at info@kintyreexpress.com.

Jura

From Islay

To reach Jura from Islay, a small car ferry run by ASP Ship Management Ltd on behalf of Argyll & Bute Council. It sails from Port Askaig on Islay to Feolin on Jura, the journey takes only 10 minutes. Telephone 01496 840681 for enquiries. There are around 14 ferries a day Mon-Sat with about half that number on a Sunday.

From the mainland

The Jura Passenger Ferry is the fastest way to get to Jura from the mainland. The high speed rib runs daily except Wednesdays between April and September, departing from Tayvallich (west of Lochgiphead) and arriving in the heart of Craighouse on Jura.

Buses connect with the ferry on the mainland. The easiest way to plan your journey is via Traveline Scotland

To view the timetable and to book call Nicol on 07768 450000 or visit www.jurapassengerferry.com