Useful Info

How to Get Here :

By Air:

Twice daily, Monday to Friday, 25 minute daily flights by Flybe from Glasgow Int Airport to Islay Airport. One daily flight on Saturday and Sunday. Contact
Tel Islay Airport: + 44(0)1496 302022.
This is the quickest way to get to Islay and can also offer spectacular views of the islands and the Mull of Kintyre.

By Car:

If you are driving to Islay from Glasgow the journey should take approximately 2.5 hours. Once over the Erskine Bridge and onto the A82 road along the shores of Loch Lomond, past Tarbet onto the A83 the drive is scenically stunning as you head up the ‘Rest and Be Thankful‘, down to Inverary town along Loch Fyne and then on through Lochgilphead and continue onto the A83 road to the Kintyre peninsula passing through Tarbert to West Loch Tarbert and a further 5 miles to Kennacraig, the Ferry Terminal. Look out for the Ferry sign.

By Bus:

Twice daily West Coast Motors Bus Service operates from Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station which will take you to the Ferry Terminal just before it departs for Islay. Contact for more info.

By Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry:

For Bookings/ timetables contact or call 08000665000. The 2 -2.5 hour Ferry journey is a great relaxing experience and you will travel on either MV Hebridean Isles, MV Isle of Arran or MV Finlaggan. You can choose to bring your car over or you can leave it in the car park at Kennacraig. More info on the Islay Ferry here

Car Hire:

You can Hire Cars or Mini buses on Islay from:

  • D & N MacKenzie.
    Contact email:
    Tel: 01496 302300
  • Islay Car hires.
    Contact email:
    Tel: 01496 810 544

Local Taxis:

  • Carol’s cabs: Tel: 01496 302155 Mobile: 07775782155

Local Travel Directions to No.21:

From the ferry terminal come up to Charlotte Street, and its second door past Laurie’s shop.

Links to more Islay websites

Information on Islay
Islay’s Distilleries
The Islay Festival
Islay Natural History
Walking on Islay
Bird watching
Cycling on Islay
Trout Fishing on Islay