Ferry Travel

Caledonian MacBrayne run a direct car and passenger ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway, a car/passenger ferry to/from Skye to Harris and also to Lochmaddy in North Uist. Inter-island services also operate between Ardmhor in Barra and Eriskay in South Uist and also from Berneray in North Uist to Leverburgh and Harris.

It is essential that all travellers including foot passengers pre-book their travel especially on the Ullapool / Stornoway route.

Summer timetables from https://www.calmac.co.uk/calmac-summer-timetables.

Bookings can be made online from https://www.calmac.co.uk/ or general enquiries by calling 0800 066 500 or International customers +44 (0)1475 650 397

Ferry Parking

To help with expected congestion in Ullapool over festival weekend arrangements with parking will be made at the school. Please follow the HebCelt parking signage when entering Ullapool and allow additional time to your journey.

Vehicles left are done so at the owner’s discretion. Please park responsibly as vehicles causing traffic problems will be removed and inevitably this will incur recovery costs.

Regular bus services connect with the ferry arrival and departure times.

The main coach operator from Central Scotland is Scottish Citylink Coaches, for all connections telephone 08705 505050 or visit their website: www.citylink.co.uk.

You must book your travel between Ullapool and Inverness to ensure that adequate seats are available for all who intend to travel.

Tel 0871 266 33 33 Call Centre now open 24 hours (Calls cost 12p/minute from BT landlines plus network extras. Charges from other providers or mobiles may vary)

You can get as far as Inverness by train, and then go by bus to Ullapool.
You can travel as far as Oban, Mallaig and Kyle by train, and then travel onwards by bus to the ferry from Skye to Harris.
Further details from 08457 48049050 or book online through www.scotrail.co.uk.

Trainlink - Europe's leading train and coach app - https://thetrainline.com.

For visiting yachts, Stornoway Port Authority offers central location for pontoons in the middle of Stornoway with easy access to town and local shops.

Contact 01851 702688 or email to enquire further.


If you are driving to Hebridean Celtic Festival, why don’t you add any potential spare seats through Liftshare? It connects you with people looking for a ride who contribute to the journey costs. Equally if you are looking for a lift log on and see if they can connect you with someone driving to the festival.

It’s a great fun, green and cost effective way to travel to Hebridean Celtic Festival, so please add your journey here.

Air Travel


Loganair operates regular daily services to the islands from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Manchester.

Loganair is a Scottish regional airline, serving over 40 routes across the UK, Republic of Ireland and Norway. They offer a range of daily flights to the island from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Manchester.

www.loganair.co.uk - Call: 0344 800 2855

Local Transport

There is a well-integrated local bus service, more information from Stornoway Bus Station: 01851 704327.

Local Bus Timetables

Timetables for local bus services throughout the islands - https://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/roads-travel-and-parking/public-transport/bus-services/