How to get to the Isle of Harris

You can fly to Stornoway Airport in just forty five minutes from Glasgow International Airport, but if you fancy island hopping take a trip through Skye and arrive by ferry in Tarbert. If you decide to drive, either coming via Skye, or Ullapool, you will be rewarded with some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK. Landscapes and seascapes of unbelievable beauty are just around a corner.

Whichever ferry you take, don’t forget to look out for Dolphins and Whales, or around August watch for the fins of the Basking Sharks, these giants of the shark family only eat plankton, so it is safe to go into the water!

By Air – Flybe, operated by Loganair, fly daily from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness. On-line booking at www.Flybe.com . Tel 0871 700 2000

By Sea – Caledonian Macbrayne ferries sail from from Ullapool to Stornoway directly or to Tarbert in Harris from Skye and North Uist . Please note that in the summer months it is advisable to book well in advance for cars as the ferries can be very busy. Contact Caledonian MacBrayne on 0800 066 5000.

Train – It’s possible to get most of the way to Harris by rail, although the network only goes as far as Kyle of Lochalsh or Mallaig, however there is a connecting bus service to the ferry terminal at Uig on the Isle of Skye. Contact Scotrail on 0845 601 5929 or see www.firstgroup.com/scotrail/ for further information. Alternatively you can travel to Inverness. Information again from Scotrail – Tel: 08456 015929 or National Rail – Tel: 0845 748950 and connect by coach to Ullapool.

Bus – It is possible to travel to Inverness and also from Inverness to Ullapool to connect with the ferry. Please note this needs to be booked in advance for both directions. Contact City Link – Tel: 08705 505050

Car Hire – For thirty years Lewis Car Rentals has been providing a friendly self drive car hire service for the Western Isles of Scotland. Tel: 01851 703760 There is only one car hire company on Harris – Isle of Harris Car Hire 07825 222 020

Taxi Service – Harris Taxis, 07500 450 387, or Stornoway Associated Taxis Tel: 01851 702300