Isle of Islay



 


Recommended Books

Island Series - Islay Guide

Buy Islay Pevensy Guide from Amazon A small book, loaded with gorgeous colour pictures of this beautiful Island in the Hebrides. Has a useful Information and Places to visit Guide. Includes a map, distillery info and lots more.

Landranger Islay Map

This map is part of the Landranger (Pink) series and is designed for people who really want to get to know an area. This map makes your Islay Discovery a lot easier and is a must for every visitor of Islay.

Walking Islay

A guide to the best walking on Scotland's remote Southern Hebrides - Jura, Islay, Colonsay and Oronsay. Jura, Islay and Colonsay offer some of wildest scenery in the British Isles



Isle of Arran Ferry at Port Ellen
Islay Bus in Bowmore
 

Islay Travel and Local Transport Information

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Travel to Islay (Kennacraig) by Citylink Coach from Glasgow

General Information:
The Citylink Coach travels to Kennacraig twice a day, every day, from Buchanan Street Bus Station, usually at 9am or 1pm to arrive in time for the connecting Calmac ferry to Islay. You can also get the bus from Glasgow International Airport, there is a change at Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station.

Schedule:
Glasgow Airport
Leaving at 8:08 and 12:45
Arriving Kennacraig 12:25 or 16:57

Glasgow Buchanon Bus Station
leaving at 09:00 and 13:30
Arriving Kennacraig at 12:25 or 16:57

Reservations (advisable):
Web: The Citylink Online Booking system
Phone: 08705 50 50 50

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


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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 4 April - 26 October 2014

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. Reservations can also be made by telephone. The office is open Monday - Friday: 0800-2000, Saturday 0900-1800 and Sunday 0900 to 1600 UK Time. The number is: +44 (0)800 066 5000 the email address is: reservations@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.

Disruption Line:
Tel: + 44 (0)8457 650050

Kennacraig Terminal:
Tel: + 44 (0)1880 730253

Port Askaig Terminal:
Tel: + 44 (0)1496 840536

Port Ellen Terminal:
Tel: + 44 (0)1496 302209

For the latest Service Status updates visit http://status.calmac.info/service-status.aspx. There are also Apps for the following platforms: iPhone, BlackBerry and Android





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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.

Airport Info
For general information and pictures on Islay Airport (regulations, car hire, parking, history etc) please visit the Islay Airport Page

Check the Online Timetables for up-to-date information.

Reservations:
Reservations can be made online through the website of FlyBe or through your local travel agent.

Prices:
Fares start as low as 30 for a one way ticket including all taxes.


Hebridean Air Services - Oban - Colonsay - Islay

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

Hebridean Air Service



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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:

  • 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

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

Download the current Islay Bus timetables (revised 1st July 2012).



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Islay Taxi/Minibus and Car Hire

Taxi/Minibus:
Carol MacDonald Tel: 01496 302155 Mobile: 07775782155 or email at cmd2155@aol.com

Fiona's Taxis Tel: 01496 302622 Mobile: 07808303200

O'brien Taxi Service Tel: 01496 850081 Mobile: 07825 048490.

Lamont'sTaxis Tel: 01496 810449 Mobile: 07899756159

Rhinns Taxi Hire is available online at www.islaytaxis.com. Tel: 01496 850170 Mobile: 07771 921157 and email at info@islaytaxis.com


Car hire:

D & N MacKenzie:
Tel: +44 (0)1496 302 300, Fax:01496 302324 or web at www.carhireonislay.co.uk

Islay Car Hire
Tel: +44 (0)1496 810 544, email at info@islaycarhire.com or book and pay online at www.islaycarhire.com



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Travel to Islay with your own 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 Port Ellen 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:

  • Islay Sea Safari - who run a (RIB) Rigid Inflatable Boat service for the Inner Hebrides & Northern Ireland and offer a sea taxi service as well as island hopping and distillery trips.
  • Gigha Sea Tours - Gigha based operator that also runs a RIB boat service. Although the focus is on Gigha they offer (bespoke) island hopping tours to almost every island in the southern Hebrides as well as Oban.




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    Books from Amazon

    Norman Newton - Islay guide

    Buy Islay Pevensy Guide from Amazon A small book, loaded with gorgeous colour pictures of this beautiful Island in the Hebrides. Has a useful Information and Places to visit Guide. Includes a map, distillery info and lots more.


    Margaret Storrie - Biography of an Island

    Buy Margaret Storries Book from Amazon Dr Margaret Storrie gives a compreh account about the past and present of Islay. Anyone wishing to learn and understand the history of Islay will find this book fascinating.


    Gilbert Carmichael - Old Islay

    Buy Old Islay from Amazon A lovely book with many pictures from The Old Days on Islay including the distilleries, peat cutting and steamers at Port Ellen


    George Robertson - Islay and Jura

    Buy this book from Amazon George Robertson (Lord Robertson of Port Ellen), has produced an intriguing and, dare I say it, eccentric collection of photographs of his favourite islands Islay and Jura.


    Hamish Haswell Smith - The Scottish Islands

    Fascinating book dealing with all the beautiful islands Scotland has to offer. A must for the Island Hopper.


    Landranger Islay Map

    This map is part of the Landranger (Pink) series and is designed for people who really want to get to know an area. This map makes your Islay Discovery a lot easier and is a must for every visitor of Islay.