To the islands by air
Flybe operates flights daily, Monday to Sunday, to Stornoway from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness. There are also daily flights from Glasgow to Barra and Benbecula, from Monday to Saturday, with additional Sunday flights to Benbecula. For details phone 0871 700 2000 or check timetables and book online at www.flybe.com
Eastern Airways provide daily flights, Monday to Friday, from Aberdeen to Stornoway. To book online see www.easternairways.com
, 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: www.easyjet.com
or alternatively travel all the way with www.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); and 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.
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 www.calmac.co.uk
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.