To the islands by air
Loganair operates flights to Stornoway from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness. There are also flights from Glasgow to Barra and Benbecula, as well as from Edinburgh and Inverness to Benbecula. All passengers get a free 20kg baggage allowance. For details phone 03448 002 855 or check timetables and book online at Loganair
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
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 departing Stornoway harbour for 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: 08000 665 000 (UK only) or: (international) +44 (0) 1475 650 397. You can also check timetables, service status 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. Car Hire Hebrides offer a variety of cars, vans and 4x4's.
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 08712 663 333 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
Loganair have return flights from Stornoway to Benbecula and Barra with the landing times on Barra subject to tides - the plane lands on the beach!) contact: 03448 002 855 or visit Loganair
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 Outer 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. Tel: 08000 665 000 (UK only) or: +44 (0) 1475 650 397 (international only). 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 Bike Hebrides for information on cycling around the islands, cycle hire and equipment.