How To Get Here

By Car
From Glasgow, drive to Kennacraig Ferry Terminal, Tarbert, Argyll PA29 6YF Tel: 01880 730253 
This journey should take approximately 3 hours or longer, should you wish to take in the beautiful scenery. If you use route planning software ensure you insert “via Inveraray”. Take the A82 up Loch Lomondside, turning onto the A83 at Tarbet – continue on through both Inveraray and Lochgilphead towards Tarbert on Loch Fyne. The ferry port of Kennacraig is just five miles on from Tarbert.

By Air
Loganair, on behalf of Flybe, run a 40 minute daily scheduled service, from Glasgow Airport GLA to Islay ILY. Monday to Friday in the morning and afternoon all year round, Sat and Sun there is single daily fight. The Summer schedule see a significant increase in frequency of flights. Please check with the airline: www.flybe.com British Airways has a codeshare agreement flights to/from London and can be booked through them: www.ba.com 
Flying is the quickest way and can provide spectacular views of the islands and Kintyre. 
Flybe +44 (0)139 226 8513
Islay Airport +44 (0)1496 302 022
British Airways +44 (0)844 493 0777, 0191 4907901, 0800 123111

By Ferry
Caledonian MacBrayne operate the two hour crossing which runs twice daily throughout the year, once on Sundays, with additional sailings during the summer season. 
For details of timetables and to make bookings telephone: +44 (0)800 066 5000 (Gourock)
Alternatively: +44 (0)188 073 0253 (Kennacraig), +44 (0)189 684 0620 or +44 (0)149 630 2209 (Port Ellen). 
Timetable and booking are also available online at www.calmac.co.uk

Transport 

You can reach Islay from the mainland either by ferry or by air from Glasgow airport. 

  • Caledonian MacBrayne operate a ferry service between Kennacraig and Port Ellen or Port Askaig on the island. The timetables for this and all other services are available online. It is strongly recommended that you book your ferry trip online or by calling +44 (0)8705 6250000. 
  • Flybe from Glasgow Airport to Glenegedale, Islay’s airport, a five minute drive from the cottage. Flight time is around 30 minutes. Timetables for these and other flights are available online or on +44 0871 700 2000. 
  • Car Hire is available from www.carhireonislay.co.uk by D & N Mackenzie, situated at Glenegedale directly opposite the airport. For details, please call +44 (0)1496 302300. 
  • Scottish Citylink operate a bus service from Buchanan Street in Glasgow to Kennacraig, leaving Glasgow at 9am or 2pm and arriving at around 12.30pm and 6pm (approx), just in time for the ferry crossings. For all enquiries, call +44 (0) 8795 5050.