Travel to and around the Outer Hebrides

Travelling to, from and around the Outer Hebrides is straightforward, with regular, daily flight and ferry services. See below for detailed travel information.

Loganair operates flights to Stornoway from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness. There are also flights from Glasgow to Barra and Benbecula, as well as from Inverness to Benbecula. Depending on which fare class you choose (Fly, Fly Flex or Fly Flex +), passengers get up to 30kg free baggage allowance. For details phone 03448 002 855 or check timetables and book online at

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

Caledonian MacBrayne runs car and passenger ferries to all the islands in the Outer Hebrides 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.

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: +44 (0) 1475 650 397 (International only). You can also check timetables, service status and book online at:

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 4×4’s.

Regular bus services connect with ferry arrival and departure times. The main operator from Central Scotland is Scottish Citylink Coaches. For all connections call 08712 663 333 or check times online at Citylink:

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 all train times and

booking contact Scotrail:

Getting around the islands

Hebridean Air Services operate return flights from Stornoway to Benbecula on Mon, Tues & Fri. For further information telephone: 08458 057 465 or visit: www.hebridesairservices

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 Hebrides to choose from a range of available vehicles.

Caledonian MacBrayne will provide all the details you need about their inter-island ferries from: Berneray (North Uist) to Leverburgh (Harris); Tarbert (Harris) to Lochmaddy (North Uist); Castlebay (Barra) to Lochboisdale (South Uist) and Eriskay (South Uist) to Ardmhor (Barra). They offer some great ‘hopscotch’ multi-ticket concessions. Tel: 08000 665 000 (UK only) or: +44 (0) 1475 650 397 (international only). Or visit their website:

For timetables and information on getting around the islands by bus, phone Stornoway Bus Station:  +44 (0)1851 704 327.

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