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Ferry to Islay

How to travel to the isle of Islay by ferry

Kennacraig-Port Ellen

Scotland ⇔ Islay
2h 12 mins.
From: 8,50

Kennacraig-Port Askaig

Scotland ⇔ Islay
2h 6 mins.
From: 8,50
Fast Ferry
kintyre express

Ballycastle-Port Ellen

Northern Ireland ⇔ Islay
1 Hour
Fast Ferry
kintyre express


Northern Ireland ⇔ Kintyre
1h 30 mins.

Isle of Islay ferries

Islay can be reached from both mainland Scotland and Northern Ireland. This last route is not possible with means of transport.

In addition to connections to Northern Ireland and Scotland, you can also book ferries to the neighboring islands of Jura and Colonsay.

See on the ferry map below where the ferries to Islay sail.

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Map with crossings to Islay

The map shows 5 ferry routes to Islay. The shortest crossing to Islay is from Jura. Most people travel from Kennacraig. Two CalMac ferries depart from here to the north and south of the island.

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Islay Scotland

Islay Scotland

Islay is located west of the Kintyre Peninsula and southwest of Jura Island. It is the southernmost island of the Hebrides (since the more southern Arran is not officially included in the Hebrides) and thanks to its location there is also a ferry service from and to Northern Ireland. This ferry service is a fast ferry that is only suitable for foot passengers.

The island is particularly known for the Islay malts Whiskey. This is due to its location, the spray from the sea, the unique peat and a pure water source on the island. There are 9 active distilleries on Islay.[1]Isle of islay, As a visitor you can take a look at many Whiskey distilleries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the ferry crossings are operated by Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac). The ferry deparring from Northern Ireland is operated by Kintyre Express. 

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