Getting Here

Where We Are

Travelling To Islay

By Car…

From Glasgow, drive to Kennacraig. This journey should take approximately 2 ½ hrs. Take the A82 Loch Lomondside, turning onto the A83 at Tarbet. Continue through Inverary and Lochgilphead towards Tarbert, passing Loch Fine. The Port of Kennacraig is 5 miles north of Tarbert.

By Bus…

City Link operates a bus service from Glasgow Buchanan Street Bus Station and connects with the CalMac ferry at Kennacraig.

By Ferry…

An approximately 2 hr sailing with Caledonian MacBrayne from the Scottish mainland to Port Ellen or Port Askaig on Islay, leaving from Kennacraig on the Mull of Kintyre.  The ferry into Port Ellen harbour is just 200m from the Islay Hotel.

It is strongly advisable to book the ferry in advance. Further information including timetables, fares and booking can be found at the Caledonian MacBrayne website or call 0800 066 5000.

By Air…

Loganair operate a 40 minute scheduled flight, daily from Glasgow Airport to Islay. Further information including schedules, fares, and booking can be found on their website.

Getting Around

If you don’t have your own car or require a lift (especially on a Distillery Tour) taxis can be arranged locally for short journeys or for a longer trip, half or full day tours of the Island.

We recommend the following:

Mundell’s Bus Service – 01496 840273 or visit –

Islay Taxis

  • Carol’s Cabs – 07775 782155
  • Hughie – 07737 491429
  • Freddie – 07736 613832
  • Lamont – 07899 756159
  • Rhinns – 07771 921157
  • Fiona – 07808 303200

Care Hire available from…

  • MacKenzie – 01496 302300
  • Islay Car Hire – 01496 810544

Bike Hire in Port Ellen – 01496 302349

More information about Islay –

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