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Getting from Skye to Islay

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Getting from Skye to Islay

Hello, we are traveling in late May to Scotland. We plan on spending a day or two in Skye and a couple on Islay. Is there an easy way to get from Skye to Islay? We are not renting a car, so I was thinking by air?

Thanks for any help.

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1. Re: Getting from Skye to Islay

There is no easy way between Skye and Islay without a car.

Where are you starting and finishing your journey?

You could go by train or bus from Skye to Glasgow and then fly to Islay.

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2. Re: Getting from Skye to Islay

I have looked at this and it is not an easy task. There is a bus called the West Highland Flyer which goes from Mallaig to Oban - you should be able to get to Mallaig from Skye by public transport. From Oban you can go to many islands but Islay is not one of them. Can you change your itinerary slightly and go to Mull,Barra or Colonsay?

You can also go to the small isles direct from Mallaig as well Eigg,Muck, Rum or Canna.

Food for thought?

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3. Re: Getting from Skye to Islay

If you haven't committed to particular islands yet have a look at

www.calmac.co.uk

It'll give you an overview of the ferry services between islands.

For air travel look at the British Airways website.

There is no airport on Skye. You can fly to some islands, however.

The Outer Hebrides have several airports at Stornoway, Benbecula and on Barra. In the Inner Hebrides you can fly to Islay and Tiree. You can fly to all these from Glasgow. Fares are high considering the short distances.

If you have loads of money you can fly to just about anywhere by seaplane.

http://www.lochlomondseaplanes.com/

The simplest way to get where you want to go would be to drive, if possible.

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4. Re: Getting from Skye to Islay

Thank you all for all the information. We are probably going to go with a City Link bus pass for 8 out of 16 days (Any comments on that would be appreciated). They can get us to Skye. Of the two, Islay is the more important one for us, as my friend loves the Scotch from there!

Our original plan was Edinburgh, Stirling, Inverness, Ft. William or that area, Skye, Islay, Glasgow, then a couple days of not sure what.

Perhaps it is better to go Inverness to Skye, then head South to Ft. William, etc, then get to Islay that way? The plan was to fly from Islay to Glasgow, seemed reasonable.

Thanks again!

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5. Re: Getting from Skye to Islay

If you can get to Oban,West Coast Motors have buses to Lochgilphead where you can get Citylink to Kennacraig for the Islay ferry.

On the return Citylink go from Kennacraig to Glasgow or you can fly Islay to Glasgow.

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6. Re: Getting from Skye to Islay

I agree with Kenko's advice. Or if you are flexible enough about dates, you could try to time it so that you catch the weekly direct Calmac ferry from Oban to Islay, which goes every Wednesday afternoon throughout the summer. This saves the longer trip via Lochgilphead and Kennacraig.

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7. Re: Getting from Skye to Islay

We have 4 full days/nights to travel, excluding our stop in Edinburgh where we will spend a day. We were considering going to either skye, islay, or both. Did you stop at both places? Which do you recommend? Thanks.

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8. Re: Getting from Skye to Islay

Des16, Skye and Islay are both excellent places to visit, but quite different. Skye is the more dramatic and beautiful scenically, with some spectacular mountain and coastal landscapes. It is more touristy than Islay, with more facilities and 'attractions' for visitors.

Islay is largely low lying, fertile agricultural land, although it is also very varied between different parts of the island It is less touristy, but boasts a number of distilleries which make fine and very distinctive whisky, and this alone attracts a lot of visitors.

Both islands are a bit time consuming to reach. They are also both large islands, on which you could happliy spend your entire four days. I don't recommend trying to visit both islands in that short space of time.

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