How to Get Here

By Air: Twice daily, Monday to Friday 25 minute daily flights by Flybe from Glasgow International Airport to Islay Airport. One daily flight Saturday & Sunday. Contact
Tel Islay Airport: + 44(0)1496 302022. This is the quickest way to get to Islay & can also offer spectacular views of the islands & Mull of Kintyre.

By Car: If you are driving to Islay from Glasgow the journey should take approximately 2.5 hours. Once over the Erskine Bridge & onto the A82 road along the shores of Loch Lomond, past Tarbet onto the A83 the drive is scenically stunning as you head up the ‘Rest & Be Thankfull‘, down to Inverary Town along Loch Fyne & then on through Lochgilphead & continue on to the A83 road to the Kintyre peninsula passing through Tarbert to West Tarbert & a further 5 miles to Kennacraig, the Ferry Terminal. Look out for the Ferry sign.

By Bus: Twice daily West Coast Motors Bus Service operates from Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station which will take you to the Ferry Terminal just before it departs for Islay. Contact for more info.

By Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry: For Bookings & time tables contact or call 08000665000. The 2 -2.5 hour Ferry journey is a great relaxing experience & you will travel on either MV Hebridean Isles, MV Isle of Arran or MV Finlaggan, the newest & biggest ferry on the Islay run. You can choose to bring your car over or you can leave it in the car park at Kennacraig. More info on the Islay Ferry here

Car Hire: You can Hire Cars or Mini buses on Islay from:


  • Carol’s cabs: Tel: 01496 302155 Mobile: 07775782155
  • Fiona’s Taxi: Tel: 01496 302622 Mobile: 07808303200

Local Travel Directions to Smith’s Yard:
From any of the ferry terminals follow the signs to Bowmore. In Bowmore go up School Street, turn left at the end before Islay High School. Go left again after 100 metres. After 20 metres there’s a small road, Moss Road, that’s leading towards the bonded warehouses of Bowmore Distillery. Smith’s Yard can be found before the warehouses on your left.

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