How to get there !

Islay can be reached from the mainland either by ferry from Kennacraig or by air from Glasgow airport.

Caledonian MacBrayne ferry service runs between Kennacraig and Port Ellen or Port Askaig on the island. The timetables for this and all other services are available online at or call Caledonian MacBrayne: - 08705 650000, 01880 730253 (Kennacraig) or 01496 302209 (Port Ellen).

It is strongly recommended that you book your ferry in advance!

To drive to Kennacraig takes about 3½ hours from Glasgow

Flybe operate from Glasgow airport to Islay. The airport is just over five miles from Bowmore, flight time is around 30 minutes. Taxis can be booked in advance and a Post Bus service to Bowmore from the airport is available. For further information contact: Flybe - 0871 700 2000 or 01496 302022 (Islay)

Scottish Citylink operate a bus service from Buchanan Street, Glasgow to Kennacraig, for details of bus times contact: Citylink hotline on 08721 663333 or visit