The Citylink Coach travels to Kennacraig four times a day, every day, from Buchanan Street Bus Station. Departure times are 6:35am, 9:15am, 12:00pm and 14:00pm, travel time around 3hrs and 15mins.
Prices (from Glasgow airport): Single: £26.60 - Day return: £31.60 - Open return: £38,60. Insurance of 99p is included and covers the following: Personal Accident up to £10,000, Personal Property up to £500 and Personal Public Liability up to £1 million.
The buses usually arrive in time for the connecting Calmac ferry to Islay. Reservations (advisable) via The Citylink Online Booking system ot Phone 08705 50 50 50
You can also take the bus from Glasgow International Airport but you need to go to Buchanan Street bus station for the City Link service to Kennacraig. Buses leave from outside the airport every ten minutes to Glasgow City Centre and Buchanan Street Bus Station.
For a detailed description of three possible routes from Glasgow to Kennacraig complete with a detailed map have a look at the following page on the Islay Blog: Car Routes from Glasgow to Kennacraig. For an overview of the current Calmac ferries operating this route, general information and background information on the Islay ferry please visit the Islay Ferry Feature Page.
Information on the Jura Ferry is available on the Jura Ferry Information Page
A credit card is required for using the The Calmac Online Booking System and payment. The tickets are then sent to your home address or can be collected at the port of departure. Reservations can also be made by telephone. The office is open Monday - Friday: 07:00-21:00, Saturday and Sunday 08:00 to 20:00 UK Time. The phone number is 0800 066 5000. International or mobile users call +44 1475 650 397. The email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need transportation from Tarbert or from the Arran ferry at Claonaig to Kennacraig you can contact www.pepcars.co.uk, they can also collect up to four people from the airport or the city centre for £125.
Two departures are made daily to/from Glasgow International Airport to Islay Airport (ILY). The distance is 72 miles or (116 Km) and duration is 0hr 40min. The plane leaves from terminal M at Glasgow International Airport. The plane, a Saab 340/340B, is operated by Loganair, Scotland's Airline
Fares start as low as £30 for a one way ticket including all taxes.
Hebridean Air Services operate a Tuesday and Thursday day return service from Oban and Colonsay to Islay. This service is running since June 2010. The aircraft will depart Oban at 0805, routing through Colonsay to Islay. This will give Colonsay residents the opportuntiy of flying to Islay to connect with the FlyBe service to Glasgow. Islay residents will also have the availability of a day return sevice to Oban departing Islay at 0930 and departing Oban for Islay at 1510. Passengers intending to use the Air Service at Islay, should use the long term car park, available free of charge, where there is located a portakabin for the use of Hebridean Air Services passengers. This is great idea for a daytrip to Oban. Standard rates are £65, the early bird rate with limited seats is £50. For more information check out the website at www.hebrideanair.co.uk
A local bus service is available on Islay and operates on several different routes on the island between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and Saturday.
If you want to travel from Port Askaig to Port Charlotte take the bus from Port Askaig to Ardbeg and leave the bus at Bridgend, there you change over to the bus to Port Charlotte. Bridgend is the place where all the bus routes pass. Use the following link for a detailed map: Detailed Islay Map
Anchorages can be made at the following locations: Port Ellen, Lagavulin, Portnahaven, Port Charlotte, Port Askaig (strong currents in the Sound of Islay), Caol Ila distillery, Bowmore.
There are several private operators in this part of Argyll who offer tours to and from the mainland to the islands in the area and even travel as far as Northern Ireland. If you are in to a different, tailor made and perhaps more exciting way of travelling this could be your thing. There are two companies that are active in the region: