By Road and Ferry
The Erskine Bridge is a good starting point to guide you from, whether crossing over from the M8, or passing by on the A82. Follow the A82 along the edge of Loch Lomond to Tarbet, then take the A83 through Arrochar, over the "Rest and Be Thankful" on to Inveraray and down Loch Fyne, passing Lochgilphead and Tarbert. Five miles (8km) south is the Ferry Terminal at Kennacraig. The journey should take between 2-3 hours from the Erskine Bridge, depending on road conditions.
Ferries arrive at Port Askaig for the afternoon and evening sailings and the Port Askaig Hotel is situated next to the pier. Extra sailings to and from Islay take place during the summer months. If arriving on the morning or Sunday ferry, it's a 21 mile drive from Port Ellen to Port Askaig. The route on Islay is well signposted. N.B. Until mid – end summer 2012 ALL sailings will come to Port Askaig due to repair works at Port Ellen. Please check with ferry operator. It is essential to book for a vehicle crossing, so please visit the Calmac website www.calmac.co.uk
From Glasgow, using Flybe from Monday to Friday, with a morning flight only on Saturday. During the summer months, there are three flights each weekday with two on Saturdays and Sundays.
For bookings, call Port Ellen Airport on +44 (0)1496 302022 or Flybe reservations +44 (0)1392 268529. Flights bookings and timetables are also available from Flybe at www.flybe.com
Car hire can be arranged for pickup at the airport by D & N McKenzie on +44 (0) 1496 302300 or Islay Carhire on +44 (0) 1496 810 544.
Scottish Citylink operate a connecting service to Kennacraig from Buchanan Street Bus Station in Glasgow. Check with Scottish Citylink for timetables and bookings. (service number 926)
IslayTaxi.com offers a 24-hour Islay taxi service that covers the entire island. Call 01496 850170 or 07771 921157 to make a booking.
Information about Islay
For information about Islay visit the incredibly comprehensive Islay Info website at www.islayinfo.com. For day trips and tours visit Wild and Magic Islay at www.wildandmagicislay.com. Photography on the site by James Deane
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