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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 valid 29 March 2019 to October 2019

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:

If you need transportation from Tarbert or from the Arran ferry at Claonaig to Kennacraig you can contact, 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

LoganAir Two (winter) to three flights (summer) are made daily between Glasgow International Airport and 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.

Update: Starting end of March 2019 Loganair will offer direct flights between Edinburgh and Islay Airport. For more info visit Our Blog

Info about Flights to Islay

  • For general information and pictures of Islay Airport (regulations, car hire, parking, history etc) please visit the Islay Airport Page
  • Check the Glasgow Airport website for up-to-date departure/arrival information.
  • Reservations can be made online through the website of Loganair or through your local travel agent.

Hebridean Air Services - Oban - Colonsay - Islay

Hebridean Air ServiceHebridean Air Services operate a Tuesday and Thursday return service from Oban and Colonsay to Islay. This service is running since June 2010. Flights depart Oban on a Tue and Thu at 0825 with return flights leaving Islay at 1550.

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 around £85 for a single flight. For more information check out the website at

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 Bus Fares

Bus fares on Islay: Port Ellen to Bowmore £5.50 for a return, £2.75 single. Bowmore to Islay airport is £2. Bruichladdich to Bowmore is £2.60. Unlimited day trip ticket £10. Children under 5 free. To contact the Bus Operator, Mundell in Port Askaig, phone 01496 840 273.

Islay Taxi Service and Islay Whisky Tours

Islay Taxis
For private and business taxi hire and tours. For more info visit Tel: 01496 850170 Mobile: 07771 921157 and email at

Lamb Islay Taxi
Lamb Taxi offers Islay Taxi Service and Islay Whisky Tours. For more info visit Tel: 07846 055 399

Hughie’s Taxi
Phone 07737 491 429 for more info or to book a taxi.

Bowmore Taxi Service
Bowmore Taxi Service offers bespoke Islay Whisky tours, private hires and Islay Taxi Services. Visit for more info. Mobile 07899 756 159 or 01496 810 449

Bruichladdich Taxis
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
Jims taxi offers taxi services as well as wildlife, and other Islay tours . For more info visit or phone +44 (0) 7967 505 991

Bauld's Private Hire
Heather provides island and distillery tours, airport & ferry transfers and Islay taxi service. Phone +44 (0) 7899 753 815 or visit for enquiries and bookings.

Carols Taxi
Carol MacDonald Tel: 01496 302155 Mobile: 07775782155 or email at

Dougie MacTaggart
Dougie MacTaggart does Islay Tours & Private Hire. Mobile: 07474 686367 or email:

Islay Car hire:

Islay Car Hire Bridgend
Islay Car Hire is located in Bridgend with an office at Islay Airport. Tel: +44 (0)1496 810 544, email at or book and pay online at

Cresswell Cars
Cresswell Cars Ltd. are based in Glenegedale opposite Islay Airport. Tel: +44 (0)1496 302 300, email: or web at

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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