TRANSPORT LINKS & HOW TO GET HERE
Separated from mainland Scotland by the stretch of water known as the Minch, you can only reach the Isle of Lewis by plane or ferry with most of our visitors choosing to use the ferry service from Ullapool operated by Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac). Indeed we even schedule our cruise departures and arrivals to match with the ferry timetable, giving you ample time to comfortably walk the short distance to/from the ferry terminal. There is also a free car park in Ullapool next to the Tesco supermarket (postcode IV26 2XB) where you can leave your car.
The airport is a short taxi ride away from Stornoway, and the main bus station is also located at the harbour next to the ferry terminal.
Ullapool is the main town & port on the north-west coast of the Scottish highlands. Located on the famous North Coast 500 route, there is a bus service between the ferry terminal and Inverness operated by Stagecoach and City Link. It is also the departure point for the CalMac passenger, car and freight ferry to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.
Ullapool is only reachable by road and is approximately a 1 hour 30 minute scenic drive from Inverness. If you are travelling by car, you can leave it at the free car park next to the Tesco in the town centre.
Ullapool Port Information: CalMac website
Bus: Stagecoach website
Bus: City Link website
The small harbour town of Mallaig may be familiar to you thanks to featuring in many a railway-themed travel show as the terminus at the end of the West Highland Line, famous for its Jacobite steam train service from Fort William (as well as regular rail services from Glasgow), and the very recognisable Glenfinnan viaduct along its route. Both the train and the viaduct being featured in the Harry Potter films.
It is also the end of the Thomas Telford constructed 'Road to the Isles' (A380) that charts a picturesque course through Glenfinnan, home to the viaduct and a famous monument to Bonny Prince Charlie at the head of Loch Shiel, via Arisaig from Fort William. The Shiel Bus Company operates a service between Fort William and Mallaig, with a City Link bus service available from Glasgow to Fort William.
Bus: Shiel Bus Timetable
Bus: City Link website
The capital of the Highlands, Inverness is the transport hub for the area featuring a small international airport, railway station, bus station and main road access. It is also the start/end point for the North Coast 500 touring route.
The airport hosts flights from KLM, British Airways, EasyJet and Loganair, with connections from UK and continental airports. It is a short 15-20 minute taxi or bus ride into the city.
The railway has mainline service to Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh, with an overnight sleeper service from London.
Bus services are available from/to major centres like Glasgow/Edinburgh, Ullapool and Fort William as well as locally.