Getting to the Outer Hebrides
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Despite the fact that the name of our island chain is often used as a shorthand to describe places that are remote and inaccessible, getting to the Outer Hebrides is actually easier than ever before.
Though you won’t realise it once you are here, feeling a million miles from the pressures of your everyday existence and enjoying Life on the Edge, travelling to the Outer Hebrides is now much quicker and more convenient than it has been in the past.
Jetset travellers can choose from a range of direct scheduled flights to the Western Isles which leave daily (weather permitting) from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen to land at Stornoway Airport on the Isle of Lewis. Please note that from 1 September 2017, Loganair will take over the Flybe route. Loganair will have a booking system in place for these routes by the end of March 2017.
Alternatively, begin your visit with an unforgettable experience and take a flight to the Outer Hebrides landing at Barra Airport– where use the cockle strand airstrip of Traigh Mhor beach, which is consistently voted one of the world’s top air approaches and where flight schedules are at the mercy of the tides.
Stornoway airport offers connecting flights to and from Benbecula Airport.
Alternatively, you can travel to the Outer Hebrides in the same way as the islands’ settlers have done down the centuries – over the seas. The Western Isles ferry services that connect our archipelago to the mainland and our island-groups to each other offer a great opportunity to ease yourself into an island-hopping holiday and really feel like you are getting away from it all at the start of something special.
Daily timetabled Outer Hebrides ferry services connect:
- Ullapool, Ross-shire – Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
- Uig, Isle of Skye – Lochmaddy, Isle of North Uist and Tarbert, Isle of Harris
- Oban, Argyll – Castlebay, Isle of Barra and Lochboisdale, Isle of South Uist (Please note that there will be no Oban - Lochboisdale service summer 2016, this service will be replaced by the Mallaig - Lochboisdale service)
- Mallaig, Lochaber - Lochboisdale, Isle of South Uist
There are also daily ferry crossings with the Western Isles from Leverburgh, Isle of Harris to the Isle of Berneray and the Isle of Eriskay to Ardmhor, Isle of Barra.