How to get here

By Car from Glasgow:
It takes about two and a half hours to reach the Kennacraig ferry terminal and it is a very scenic drive. The ferry crossing itself takes just under two hours, so the overall length of journey by car from Glasgow to Islay is around five hours. From Glasgow take the A82 towards Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Next take the A83 near Tarbet passing Rest and be Thankful towards the lovely town of Inveraray. Both Rest and Be Thankful and Inveraray are beautiful places to stop and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Inveraray is famous for its castle and Inveraray Jail. following the shore line of Loch Fyne towards Lochgilphead and Tarbert, a picturesque little town and port. The Kennacraig ferry terminal is located only 4 miles beyond Tarbert. It is easily missed but is clearly signposted.

By Bus:
A daily bus service operates from Glasgow Buchanan Street Bus Station by West Coast Motors making a connection with the ferry at Kennacraig. For schedule information, contact the Travel Centre at Buchanan Street Bus Station +44 (0)141 332 7133

By Ferry:
Caledonian MacBrayne operate the two hour crossing which runs twice daily throughout the year, once on Sundays, with additional sailings during the summer season. Ferries arrive eather in Port Askaig or Port Ellen depending on the timetable and weather conditions. It’s advisable to book ferries in advance, specially in the summer season. Schedule information and booking online can be done on the Caledonian MacBrayne website (also found under Calmac). Alternatively the Islayinfo website offers a comprehensive and up-to-date ferry travel section with timetables, fares and booking information.

By Air:
Flybe operates a 35 minute scheduled service from Glasgow to Islay. This is the quickest way and can provide spectacular views of the islands and Kintyre. For information on schedules or bookings check

Cala Seimh Holiday Home:
Our holiday home is situated on Shore Street in the conservation village of Port Charlotte, only a stone’s throw away from the pier. Port Charlotte is a 20 min drive from Port Askaig and a 40 minute drive from Port Ellen.

Google Streetview of our Holiday Home, first left with blue windows