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Travel to Islay (Kennacraig) by Citylink Coach from Glasgow

Bus from Glasgow Buchanan Station to Kennacraig

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

Bus from Glasgow Airport

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.

Bus Schedule Buchanan to Kennacraig:

  • Depart: 06:35 Glasgow Buchanan Bus Stn. Arrive: 09:40 Kennacraig Ferry Terminal
  • Depart: 09:15 Glasgow Buchanan Bus Stn. Arrive: 12:33 Kennacraig Ferry Terminal
  • Depart: 12:00 Glasgow Buchanan Bus Stn. Arrive: 15:18 Kennacraig Ferry Terminal
  • Depart: 14:00 Glasgow Buchanan Bus Stn. Arrive: 17:18 Kennacraig Ferry Terminal

Travel to Islay by Calmac Ferry

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

Calmac Summer Timetables 25 March 2016 to 23 October 2016

Making Reservations:

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: enquiries@calmac.co.uk

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.

Important Phone numbers

  • Disruption Line: + 44 (0)8457 650050
  • Kennacraig Terminal: + 44 (0)1880 730253
  • Port Askaig Terminal: + 44 (0)1496 840536
  • Port Ellen Terminal: + 44 (0)1496 302209

Please also read: How to stay up to date with cancellations and disruptions on the Islay service

Travel to Islay by Plane

FlyBe LoganAir 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.

Flight to Islay Info

  • For general information and pictures on Islay Airport (regulations, car hire, parking, history etc) pl ease visit the Islay Airport Page
  • Check the Online Timetables for up-to-date information.
  • Reservations can be made online through the website of FlyBe or through your local travel agent.

Hebridean Air Services - Oban - Colonsay - Islay

Hebridean Air ServiceHebridean 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


Islay Bus Service

Islay busA local bus service is available on Islay and operates on several different routes on the island between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and Saturday. There is no Bus Service on Sundays. The main routes on Islay are:

Islay Bus Routes and Timetables

  • Portnahaven - Bowmore - Port Ellen - Ardbeg; service 450 and Postbus 196
  • Port Askaig - Bridgend - Bowmore - Port Ellen - Ardbeg; service 451 and 456
  • Ardbeg - Bowmore - Bridgend - Portnahaven; service 450 and Postbus 196
  • Ardbeg - Bowmore - Bridgend - Port Askaig; service 451 and 456
  • Download the latest Islay Bus timetables

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


Islay Taxi/Minibus and Car Hire

Islay Taxi Service and Islay Tours:

  • Islaytaxis.com for private and business taxi hire and tours. For more info visit www.islaytaxis.com. Tel: 01496 850170 Mobile: 07771 921157 and email at info@islaytaxis.com
  • Carol MacDonald Tel: 01496 302155 Mobile: 07775782155 or email at cmd2155@aol.com
  • Fiona's Taxis Tel: 01496 302622 Mobile: 07808303200
  • Obrien Taxi Service, Tel: (+44) 07487713168 or 01496 850 216 - - Email: obrientaxiservice@gmail.com
  • Lamont'sTaxis Tel: 01496 810449 Mobile: 07899756159
  • Bruichladdich Taxis offer taxi services as well as island and whisky tours. For more info visit their website or Tel: 01496 850271 or 07899942673 (mobile)
  • Jims taxi Bowmore offers taxi services as well as wildlife, and other Islay tours . For more info visit www.jims-islay-taxi.co.uk or phone +44 (0) 7497 528 633

Car hire:


Sail to Islay by boat or yacht

Yachts at the harbor of Port EllenAnchorages 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.

Detailed information about Port Ellen Marina can be found here. Check the tides here


Alternative travel ideas

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:

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