There are 2 ways to get from Ballycastle to Port Ellen by bus, plane, train or car ferry

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Bus to Belfast (Aldergrove), fly  •  11 h 16 min

  1. Take the bus from Ballycastle Marine Corner to Ballymena
  2. Fly from Belfast (Aldergrove) (BFS) to Islay (ILY) BFS - ILY

$107 - $370

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Bus, train, car ferry, bus to Glasgow, fly  •  12 h 31 min

  1. Take the bus from Ballycastle Marine Corner to Ballymena
  2. Take the train from Ballymena station to York Street
  3. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
  4. Take the bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Buchanan Bus Station
  5. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Islay (ILY) GLA - ILY

$143 - $292

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The cheapest way to get from Ballycastle to Port Ellen is to bus and train and car ferry and fly which costs £100 - £230 and takes 12 h 31 min.

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The quickest way to get from Ballycastle to Port Ellen is to bus and fly which costs £80 - £290 and takes 11 h 16 min.

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The distance between Ballycastle and Port Ellen is 30 miles.

It takes approximately 11 h 16 min to get from Ballycastle to Port Ellen, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport to Islay Airport. The quickest flight takes 12 h 30 min and has one stopover.

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Loganair and easyJet offer flights from Belfast (Aldergrove) Airport to Islay Airport.

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There are 18+ hotels available in Port Ellen. Prices start at $118 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Ballycastle to Port Ellen.
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  • Distance: 29.6 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 16 min

What companies run services between Ballycastle, Northern Ireland and Port Ellen, Scotland?

There is no direct connection from Ballycastle to Port Ellen. However, you can take the bus to Ballymena, take the walk to Ballymena Bus Center, take the line 219 bus to Antrim Bus Center, take the bus to Belfast Aldergrove International Airport, take the walk to Belfast (Aldergrove) airport, fly to Islay, take the walk to Glenegedale, Islay Airport, then take the line 451 bus to Port Ellen. Alternatively, you can take the bus to Ballymena, take the walk to Ballymena station, take the train to York Street, take the walk to Belfast, take the car ferry to Cairnryan, take the walk to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal, take the bus to Buchanan Bus Station, take the bus to Glasgow Airport, Terminal Building (Glasgow Airport), take the walk to Glasgow airport, fly to Islay, take the walk to Glenegedale, Islay Airport, then take the line 451 bus to Port Ellen.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Belfast (Aldergrove) to Islay via Glasgow
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $340
Flights from Belfast (Aldergrove) to Islay via London Luton, Glasgow
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Belfast (Aldergrove) to Islay via Bristol, Glasgow
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Belfast (Aldergrove) to Islay via London Stansted, Glasgow
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Belfast (Aldergrove) to Islay via London Gatwick, Glasgow
Ave. Duration
8 h 10 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Belfast (Aldergrove) to Islay via Amsterdam, Glasgow
Ave. Duration
9 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Glasgow to Islay
Ave. Duration
41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $460
Train operators
Translink UK
Phone
+44 28 9066 6630
Email
feedback@translink.co.uk
Website
translink.co.uk
Train from Ballymena station to York Street
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
translink.co.uk
Bus operators
Translink UK
Phone
+44 28 9066 6630
Email
feedback@translink.co.uk
Website
translink.co.uk
Bus from Ballycastle Marine Corner to Ballymena
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
translink.co.uk
Regional
$8 - $12
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Ferry operators
Stena Line
Website
stenaline.co.uk
Car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
stenaline.co.uk
Passenger
$40
Small Car
$170

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