There are 4 ways to get from Edinburgh to Isle of Islay by train, bus, ferry or plane

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Train, bus, ferry via Glasgow Queen Street  •  9 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Kennacraig, Ferry Terminal (Kennacraig Ferry Terminal) 926
  3. Take the ferry from Kennacraig Ferry Terminal to Port Askaig Islay Ferry Terminal Cm9

$49 - $63

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Bus, ferry  •  9 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street (west) (opp Boots) to Buchanan Bus Station 900
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Kennacraig, Ferry Terminal (Kennacraig Ferry Terminal) 926
  3. Take the ferry from Kennacraig Ferry Terminal to Port Askaig Islay Ferry Terminal Cm9

$43 - $58

2 alternative options

Train, bus, ferry  •  9 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Anniesland
  2. Take the bus from Anniesland Cross (Ancaster Drive) to Kennacraig, Ferry Terminal (Kennacraig Ferry Terminal) 926
  3. Take the ferry from Kennacraig Ferry Terminal to Port Askaig Islay Ferry Terminal Cm9

$48 - $63

Train, fly  •  4 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Islay (ILY) GLA - ILY

$89 - $222

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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Isle of Islay is to bus and ferry which costs £30 - £45 and takes 9 h 26 min.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Isle of Islay is to train and fly which costs £65 - £170 and takes 4 h 8 min.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Isle of Islay is 119 miles.

The best way to get from Edinburgh to Isle of Islay without a car is to train and bus and ferry which takes 9 h 1 min and costs £35 - £50.

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It takes approximately 9 h 1 min to get from Edinburgh to Isle of Islay, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Glasgow Airport to Islay Airport is the direct flight which takes 40 min.

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Loganair offers flights from Glasgow Airport to Islay Airport.

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There are 20+ hotels available in Isle of Islay. Prices start at $118 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Edinburgh to Isle of Islay.
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  • Distance: 119.2 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 1 min

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Isle of Islay, Scotland?

There is no direct connection from Edinburgh to Isle of Islay. However, you can take the train to Glasgow Queen Street, take the walk to Buchanan Bus Station, take the bus to Kennacraig, Ferry Terminal (Kennacraig Ferry Terminal), take the walk to Kennacraig Ferry Terminal, take the ferry to Port Askaig Islay Ferry Terminal, take the walk to Port Askaig, Ferry Terminal, then take the line 451 bus to Bridgend, Hotel (Bridgend Hotel). Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Edinburgh to Isle of Islay via Anniesland, Anniesland Cross (Ancaster Drive), Kennacraig, Ferry Terminal (Kennacraig Ferry Terminal), Kennacraig Ferry Terminal, Port Askaig Islay Ferry Terminal, and Port Askaig, Ferry Terminal in around 9 h 14 min.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Glasgow to Islay
Ave. Duration
41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $460
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$9 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $19
Train from Edinburgh to Anniesland
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $14
Anytime Day Single
$15 - $19
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Kennacraig, Ferry Terminal (Kennacraig Ferry Terminal)
Ave. Duration
3 h 18 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $30
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Anniesland Cross (Ancaster Drive) to Kennacraig, Ferry Terminal (Kennacraig Ferry Terminal)
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Princes Street (west) (opp Boots) to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Ferry operators
Caledonian MacBrayne

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