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Ferry to Skye

How to travel to the isle of Skye by ferry

Sconser-Raasay

Skye ā‡” Raasay
25 Minutes
From: 3,00

Mallaig-Armadale

Scotland ā‡” Skye
30 minutes
From: 4,00

Uig-Lochmaddy

Skye ā‡” Uist
1h 45 mins.
From: 8,00

Uig-Tarbert

Skye ā‡” Lewis
1h 45 mins.
From: 8,00

Getting to the Isle of Skye

While many people will travel across the Skye Bridge to Skye, there are also some very good ferry options. The ferry from Mallaig can be a quick choice and prevents a detour via Kyle of Lochalsh (where the bridge is built).

If you're up forĀ some slow travel then the Glenelg-Skye ferry is worth considering. You arrive at a small and unique ferry via the beautiful mountain road.

In addition to connections from mainland Scotland, you can also reach Skye from various islands. Ferries run between Skye and Raasay and from the Outer Hebrides Lewis and Uist.

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Map with crossings to isle of Skye

In total there are 5 ferry crossings to and from the Isle of Skye. Where exactly the ferries depart and arrive can be clearly seen on the map.

There are two ferries to the Isle of Skye from the mainland. You can choose the Mallaig-Armadale ferry and the Glenelg-Skye ferry.

To Skye from the Scottish Mainland

Mallaig is of particular interest to those coming from the direction of Fort William on the A830, so basically, anyone coming from the south. Often the bridge is still a bit faster to travel to Skye, but the ferry is much more fun!Ā 

When the bridge was built in 1996, the Glenelg-Skye ferry became much less attractive. Yet people choose to go on an adventure with this ferry. Because, according to many, it is a unique crossing. The experience starts with winding roads to the ferry. Then you get on the “Glenachulish”. the last manually operated turntable ferry in existence.

Curious about other ferries to and within Scotland? This page gives an overview of ferries to and within Scotland.

Mainland ā‡” Isle of Skye

Mallaig-Armadale

Scotland ā‡” Skye
30 minutes
Up to 8 times per day
From: 4,00

Glenelg-Skye

Glenelg ā‡” Skye
10 mins.
Up to 30 times per day
From: 4,00

To Skye from the Outer Hebrides

Portree - Isle of Skye

There are two options for those who want to travel from the Outer Hebrides to The Isle of Skye.Ā 

For most travellers, this is just the boat back from the Outer Hebrides, but it is interesting to mention for those who are island hopping.

For example, you can take the ferry from Oban or Mallaig to the Outer Hebrides and then take the boat to the Isle of Skye.

Outer Hebrides ā‡” Uig

Uig-Lochmaddy

Skye ā‡” Uist
1h 45 mins.
Up to 2 times per day
From: 8,00

Uig-Tarbert

Skye ā‡” Lewis
1h 45 mins.
Up to 2 times per day
From: 8,00

Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye is the largest island of the Inner Hebrides. It is about 50 miles / 80 km from southeast to northwest. Bringing a car is therefore quite useful if you want to explore the island well.

Nice places to visit are Portree, Dunvegan Castle and the Talisker Distillery. However, many people will also head out into nature to enjoy the beautiful scenery and spot some wildlife.

Old man of Storr - Isle of Skye

There are a number of websites where you can find good information about the island:

Frequently Asked Questions

The ferry crossings are operated by Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) and the Glenelg-Skye ferry.

The Mallaig-Skye ferry crossing that is operated by Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) is well affordable. A one-way journey for 2 adults and a car is a little over Ā£17.00. The Glenelg-Skye ferry is a bit more expensive but not that much. If you travel as a foot passenger, prices start at Ā£3.00. However, the cheapest way to get to the Isle of Skye is by the bridge. This is not a toll bridge, so it is free.

Unfortunately there is no direct ferry connection between Mull and Skye. If you want to travel between the two islands, you can take the Tobermory-Kilchoan or Fishnish-Lochaline ferry and continue to Mallaig harbor where you can take the ferry to Skye.

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  1. Hello, may I know the information about Ferry route from Mallaig to Portree that can carry a car? Is it able to pre-buy by online? Thanks in advance.

  2. Wish to book ferry with a hire car but do not have vehicle details until the day of travel. Can we still book now?

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