How to get here.
While we may appear
to be a long way from everywhere - it's relatively easy to reach
Stornoway by air, by coach, by rail/coach and by road.
The modern terminal
at Stornoway airport is served by direct flights
from the mainland (all less than about an hour's duration) from
Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. Flights are by
Flybe (operated by Loganair), Eastern Airways and Highland
direct from Benbecula (Highland Airways) and it's possible to fly from
Barra to Benbecula (Flybe/Loganair) thus connecting with the Highland
Airways flight (subject to tide times at Barra Beach
Each of the
mainland airports which serve Stornoway have connecting
flights by 'traditional' airlines and by 'budget' carriers - bringing
most regional UK airports within a 'one change' journey.
Caledonian MacBrayne is
a state owned ferry company, operating a fleet of modern,
drivel-on/drive-off ferries throughout the Hebrides, as well as a
number of routes to the south-west of Scotland.
The MV Isle of
Lewis sails twice daily in each direction between
Ullapool and Stornoway, with three sailings each way on peak summer
season days. The ship was constructed in 1995, has a capacity of 123
cars and carries up to 680 passengers.
Ullapool and Inverness, the A835 road has been the subject of
considerable improvement in recent years and now puts normal
travel time between the two at a realistic 1 hour and 15 minutes or
less. For visitors travelling north to Ullapool, the UK motorway
network joins the excellent, A9 trunk route to Inverness, via
Perth. Plan your journey.
coaches (the 'main' national operator) operate
service number 961 from Inverness to Ullapool, with luggage handling
through to Stornoway arrivals hall. Citylink connects with
coach services from Glasgow and Edinburgh, which in turn connect with
the National Express network.
Nearest rail station is at Inverness,
where railway passengers will
need to transfer to the coach service shown above.