Boat and Ferry Travel
Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) operates car-ferry and passenger services to and from the main islands. It is important to plan ahead when traveling to the islands in order to coordinate the connecting ferries; CalMac can advise you on this. Multiple-island tickets are available and can significantly reduce the cost of island-hopping.
CalMac ferries run from Oban to Mull, Lismore, Coll, and Tiree; from Kennacraig to Islay, Jura, and Gigha; from Ardrossan to Arran; and from Port Askaig on Islay to Feolin on Jura; as well as a number of shorter routes. Western Ferries operate between Dunoon, in Argyll, and Gourock, west of Glasgow. The ferry passage between Dunoon and Gourock is one frequented by locals; it saves a lot of time, and you can take your car across as well. Jura Passenger Ferry operates between Tayvallich (on the mainland) and Craighouse on Jura.
Ferry reservations are needed if you have a car; passengers traveling by foot do not need to make reservations.
Boat and Ferry Travel Contacts
Caledonian MacBrayne. Argyll and Bute. 0800/066–5000; www.calmac.co.uk.
Jura Passenger Ferry. Argyll and Bute. 07768/450000; www.jurapassengerferry.com. £20.
Western Ferries. Dunoon, Argyll and Bute. 01369/704452; www.western-ferries.co.uk.