Travelling to the Western Isles

Air and sea transport between the Western Isles and the Scottish mainland is extremely good all year round, with regular sailings from Oban the Isle of Skye and Ullapool and flights to the main Scottish International airports in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness which allow easy transfer to elsewhere in Europe and the World. Inter-island communications links are also good, with a number of fixed links (causeways and bridges), frequent ferry services and island hopping flights. Barra airport, which lies on the north east coast of the island is washed by the tide twice a day and is the only beach airport in the world to handle scheduled airline services.

FlyBe fly into Stornoway from their hubs in Glasgow Aberdeen and Inverness which means you can fly from an airport near you and enjoy the Hebridean lifestyle in a couple of hours. Check their website for fares and booking.

Calmac Sail into the Western Isles from Oban the Isle of Skye and Ullapool. Please check the links for timetable and reservation info. Please note that since the introduction of the Road Equivalency Tariff where fares have become more affordable certain sailings particularly those on Saturdays traditionally changeover day for self catering properties have become very busy so please book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Most people who are arriving on Harris from the Mainland come via the Isle of Skye which is only a 90 Minute crossing. Click on the map above to get directions from anywhere in the UK.