The Outer Hebrides are accessed most commonly by sea or air. The Uist isles are linked by causways so although there are five islands to negotiate, it is really very easy to get from one to another. There are some great transport links that can help you get here and there are some tips below.
There are five Ferries that arrive on the Uist isles. Oban to Lochboisdale (South Uist), Mallaig to Lochboisdale (South Uist) and Uig to Lochmaddy (North Uist) are your options for getting here from the mainland. Leverburgh to Bernaray takes you here from Harris and Ardmhor to Eriskay is your path from Barra. Its a very scenic journey, whichever route you take and remember to take your binoculars to look out for Common Dolphins and Basking Sharks
Travelling by aeroplane is a great way to get to Askernish. Flights go from Inverness to Benbecula and Glasgow to Benbecula. Alternatively you could fly from Glasgow to Barra and land on their famous beach runway and sail over to Eriskay. This would be a great way to start your holiday.
Inverness Airport and Glasgow Airport have excellent links with many airports across the UK which makes getting to Benbecula from the South of England a doddle.
There is obviously no direct rail link with the islands, however you can travel by rail from Glasgow to Oban/Mallaig where you can jump on from many places including Helensburgh, Crianlarich, Tarbet and Loch Lomond enabling you a swift transfer to the ferry for crossing to the islands of Uist.
Glasgow Train Stations (Queen Street, Central and Buchannan Street) has great links across Scotland and England and is a great way to get to Oban/Mallaig before boarding the ferry.
Bus and coach services connect the ferry services at Oban and Uig. Both ferry terminals have buses that run to Inverness and Glasgow with numerous destinations inbetween.
There is also a regular bus service that travels throughout the Western Isles available when you arrive at South Uist.
If you are unable to locate additional required information regarding local travel and timetables please contact the local Tourist Information on +44 (0)1878 700286
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