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Ferry to Outer Hebrides

How to travel to the Outer Hebrides by ferry

Mallaig-Lochboisdale

Scotland ⇔ Uist
3h 30 mins.
From: £12.00

Uig-Tarbert

Skye ⇔ Lewis
1h 45 mins.
From: £7.00

Oban-Castlebay

Scotland ⇔ Barra
5h 15 mins.
From: £16.00

Ullapool-Stornoway

Scotland ⇔ Lewis
2h 45 mins.
From: £11.00

The Outer Hebrides consist of many islands. That's a lot of small islands and a few bigger ones. The large islands have bridge connections with other islands. As a result, the Outer Hebrides consist of 3 areas. Those are:

  • Lewis
  • North Uist & South Uist
  • Barra

Two ferries run between the islands, making almost entire outer Hebrides easily accessible once you are there.

To get to the Outer Hebrides from mainland Scotland, you can book various ferry services. Boats run from Ullapool, Uig, Mallaig and Oban. Which boat is best to take can be clearly seen on the ferry map on this page.

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Map with ferry crossings to Outer Hebrides

The map shows the connections between the Outer Hebrides and the ferries that run from mainland Scotland to the Outer Hebrides.

Ferry to Lewis

The largest island of the Hebrides is Lewis. From the mainland there are two ferries to this island and you can also take a boat to this island from North Uist.

Uig-Tarbert

Skye ⇔ Lewis
1h 45 mins.
Up to 2 Times p/day
From: £7.00

Leverburgh-Berneray

North Uist ⇔ Lewis
1 Hour
Up to 4 Times p/day
From: £4.00

Ferry to North Uist & South Uist

North Uist & South Uist are connected with a bridge. So you can also travel to a different island than your final destination.

Uig-Lochmaddy

Skye ⇔ Uist
1h 45 mins.
Up to 2 Times p/day
From: £7.00

Oban-Lochboisdale

Scotland ⇔ Uist
5 Hours
Up to 5 Times p/week
From: £12.00

Mallaig-Lochboisdale

Scotland ⇔ Uist
3h 30 mins.
Up to 7 Times p/week
From: £12.00

Ferry to Barra

Barra is a smaller island which can be reached by ferry. One ferry sails from the mainland and another ferry connects Barra and South-Uist. 

Oban-Castlebay

Scotland ⇔ Barra
5h 15 mins.
Up to 8 Times p/week
From: £16.00

The Outer Hebrides

Outer Hebrides on the map

As can be seen in the image above, the outer Hebrides is made up of a few larger islands. Stornoway is the main town on the island.

Steòrnabhagh / Stornoway

Stornoway

Stornoway is a small town where the ferry from Ullapool docks. Being the only town of any size on the islands, Stiornoway is also considered the area's capital. Yet the town only has a little over 5,000 inhabitants. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The ferry crossings are operated by Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac).

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