Getting To Tiree

Travelling to Tiree

Getting to Tiree requires a little planning. Obviously being an island, it’s only accessible via ferry or air travel.

Oban - Tiree Ferry Route

Travel By Ferry

Caledonian MacBrayne (Calmac) are the ferry operators and depart s from Oban on mainland Western Scotland to get to Tiree.  You can get to Oban by Road, Coach or Rail (from Queen Street, Glasgow). Ferries leave early in the morning, and there are Summer and Winter timetables which can often be quite different! The trip is comfortable on a well equipped modern passenger ferry with excellent onboard services. The journey lasts 4 hours and stops at Coll en route to Tiree.

It arrives in Tiree’s main town , Scarinish. You will be required to arrive at the ferry terminal at least 1 hour before departure for checking in.  We prefer going to Tiree by ferry, as the pace is leisurely and the scenery is absolutely spectacular! Calmac also recently reduced their fares by 50% which now offers excellent value. Partially funded by the Scottish Executive, fares were slashed for both cars and passengers!

Click for Calmac Website

Click for Calmac

Don’t forget about the Summer and Winter timetables. Winter ferries can often be delayed by bad weather. You should check the Service Status with Calmac if travelling in December or January. Summer ferries are very reliable and always on time and now from 2016, operate with two on a Saturday! We found that Calmac are very helpful and that you should try to book your travel well in advance as Summer ferries have a tendency to be busy, especially at weekends. Click the picture opposite to go to the Calmac website.

Flybe

Flybe

Travel By Air

An alternative, and quicker way of getting to Tiree, is going by air. Flights leave twice daily from Glasgow Airport and are operated by Flybe. Prices are slightly more expensive but the flight time is only around 45 minutes and of course you can hire cars on Tiree later.

Flybe Goes to Tiree

Flybe Goes to Tiree

Tiree has a small airport located in the middle of the island just North of Crossapol. The plane is fairly small and can only seat 18 people or so. Arrival times tend to be early afternoon, although you should check with Flybe as timetables are subject to change depending on the season. Flying by plane is quick, but can be noisy (from the props) and of course it’s sometimes handier to take you own car over by ferry. Still, it’s a great alternative. Our Cottage is a couple of miles from the Airport, so having a car on the island is recommended if coming by ferry or air.

Of course, once you’re on the island, you’ll need directions on how to get to Stuthan Cottages.

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