How to get here
By Car from Glasgow:
This journey should take about two and a half to three hours, depending on the amount of stops, and is a very scenic drive. Take the A82 from Glasgow towards Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Next take the A83 near Tarbet passing Rest and be Thankful towards the lovely town of Inveraray. Both Rest and be Thankful and Inveraray are beautiful places to stop and enjoy the magnificant scenery. Inveraray is famous for it's castle and Inveraray Jail. Continue on the A83 following the shore line of Loch Fyne towards Lochilphead and finally Kennacraig. The Kennacraig ferry terminal is located only 4 miles outside Tarbert, a picturesque little town and port. The ferry terminal is easily missed but it's clearly signposted.
A daily bus service operates from Glasgow Buchanan Street Bus Station by West Coast Motors making a connection with the ferry at Kennacraig. For schedule information, contact the Travel Centre at Buchanan Street Bus Station +44 (0)141 332 7133 www.citylink.co.uk
Caledonian MacBrayne operate the two hour crossing which runs twice daily throughout the year, once on Sundays, with additional sailings during the summer season. Ferries arrive eather in Port Askaig or Port Ellen depending on the timetable and weather conditions. It's advisable to book ferries in advance, specially in the summer season. The website from Caledonian MacBrayne also called Calmac you will find information regarding timetables and bookings. Alternatively the Islayinfo website offers a comprehensive and up-to-date ferry travel section with timetables, fares and booking information.
Flybe (Loganair) runs a 45 minute scheduled service, Monday - Saturday from Glasgow Airport to Islay, in the morning and afternoon. This is the quickest way and can provide spectacular views of the islands and Kintyre. This service is operated by Loganair. For information on schedules and bookings check www.flybe.com