How to get to Lewis

get to lewis by ferry

How to get to Lewis

or Outer Hebrides is either by ferry or by air.

The Outer Hebrides are linked to the mainland by ferries sailing the routes from Ullapool to Stornoway, Uig to Tarbert, Uig to Lochmaddy and Oban to Castlebay and Lochboisdale.

For timetable details, or to make a booking, look at or phone 0800 066 5400.

get to lewis through Harris

Get to Lewis by inter island ferry

There are also inter-island ferries sailing from Barra to Eriskay and Berneray to Harris.

From landing on Harris, it is possible to drive north onto Lewis.  The two islands are joined

Another route get to Harris and then to Lewis, is through Skye from Mallaig to Armadale, and then overland to the ferry at Uig.

Your choice to get to the Isle of Lewis is dependent on where you are setting off from and also if you are doing a tour of the Western Isles.

The main crossing however, is from Ulapool to Stornoway.  A slightly longer crossing, but you arrive directly into Stornoway.


Stornoway Airport



Airports are in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, in Benbecula, Benbecula and on the Isle of Barra.

Loganair, Scotland’s Airline, provides you with the greatest number of flight options to/from the isles with over 50 years’ experience. Loganair also includes complimentary luggage allowance & on board service as standard. Book now for travel from 1st September at

FlybeEastern Airways and HIA all operate to and from Stornoway airport.

Flybe/Loganair and HIA operate to and from Benbecula airport.

HIA and Flybe/Loganair operate to and from Barra airport.

Bus service information


Bus Services

The bus service through the islands is good. See further details below. All services are weather dependent, so please bear this in mind when planning your holiday.

Bus services through the Western Isles run either direct to Stornoway, or offer connection to/from Stornoway. Most services run Monday to Saturday. Bus fares are inexpensive with through fares available on many connecting buses. Day Returns offer a discount and are available for all journeys which return to the same start point.

The best pace to find up to date timetables and routes is on the Western Isles Council (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar) website:

Isle of Lewis:

Isle of Harris:

Uists, Benbecula, Berneray and Eriskay:


Car hire

Car hire and taxi service can be found on the links below.

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