Getting here

To the islands by air

Flybe operates flights to Stornoway from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness. There are also flights from Glasgow to Barra and Benbecula. All passengers get a free 20kg baggage allowance. For details phone 0371 700 2000 or check timetables and book online at flybe.com.

Eastern Airways provide daily flights, Monday to Friday, from Aberdeen to Stornoway. To book online see Eastern Airways , or telephone 08703 669 100 (UK only) or: +44 (0) 1652 680 600 (international).

From overseas, you should book a flight to Glasgow, Edinburgh or London. For bargain flights between London and Glasgow or Edinburgh, try one of the budget airlines: EasyJet or Ryanair or alternatively travel all the way with flybe.com.


To the islands by boat

Caledonian MacBrayne runs car and passenger ferries to all the islands all year round: Ullapool to Stornoway (Lewis); Uig (Skye) to Tarbert (Harris) and Lochmaddy (North Uist); Mallaig to Lochboisdale (South Uist); Oban to Lochboisdale (South Uist) and Castlebay (Barra). Ferries also run between: Castlebay (Barra) to Lochboisdale (South Uist); Berneray (North Uist) to Leverburgh (Harris); and Eriskay to Barra.


MV Loch Seaforth arriving at Stornoway harbour from Ullapool

For all ferry journeys it is advisable to book vehicle space in advance, but this is not necessary for passengers. For ferry times and reservations contact: Caledonian MacBrayne on +44 (0)8705 650000 or try their Stornoway office on +44 (0)1851 702361. You can also check timetables and book online at Caledonian Macbrayne


To the boat by car

Either bring your car across or leave it at one of the ferry departure points and travel as a foot passenger. It may be more economical to hire a car for a few days while you are here than to bring your own car across on the ferry. Alternatively, you can use our excellent public transport network, or even walk or cycle through the isles. If you are travelling from overseas, then you could travel by bus or train to the ferry and hire a car when you arrive on the island.

To the boat by bus

Regular bus services connect with ferry arrival and departures times. The main operator from Central Scotland is Scottish Citylink Coaches, for all connections call +44 (0)8705 505050 or check times online at Citylink


To the boat by train

You can get to Inverness, Oban, Mallaig or Kyle by train: it is a great way to relax and take in the stunning Highland scenery as you pass through landscape unseen on the road. For train times and booking contact: Scotrail


Getting around the islands

Flybe flies from Benbecula to Barra daily, Monday to Friday (time subject to tides - the plane lands on the beach!) contact 0871 700 2000 or visit flybe.com.

To see a lot of the islands in a short time or explore distant corners it can be handy to hire a car for all or part of your trip. Visit: car hire to choose from a range of local car hire companies listed on the Visit Hebrides site.

Caledonian MacBrayne will provide all the details you need about their inter-island ferries from Berneray (North Uist) to Leverburgh (Harris) and Tarbert (Harris) to Lochmaddy (North Uist) and Castlebay (Barra) to Lochboisdale (South Uist.) They offer some great 'hopscotch' multi-ticket concessions. Telephone +44 (0)990 650000 or try the local office in Stornoway on +44 (0)1851702361. Or visit the Caledonian Macbrayne website.


MV Loch Portain arriving at Leverburgh pier, South Harris

For timetables and information on getting around the islands by bus phone Stornoway Bus Station on +44 (0)1851 704327.

Check out cycle hebrides for information on cycling around the islands, cycle hire and equipment.