Oban is located on the west coast of Scotland and is known as 'The Seafood Capital of Scotland' as well as 'The Gateway to the Isles'.
If you want to travel by sea before you join us on your cruise, Oban is a busy ferry port with regular ferry services to and from the islands of Mull, Colonsay, Coll, Tiree, Lismore, Barra and South Uist.
Oban is easily reachable by road from Central Scotland by following the A82 around the west side of Loch Lomond and then either via Tyndrum or by following the A83 through Inveraray. If you do choose to travel by car, we have a parking arrangement with a local business and details will be provided upon booking.
If you are travelling by rail, Oban is located along the scenic West Highland Line and is approximately a 3 hour journey from Glasgow or a 4 hour 15 minute journey from Edinburgh.
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.
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.