If you’re thinking of driving to the Outer Hebrides, it couldn’t be any easier. Bring your car across to one of the ferry points at Ullapool, Oban or in Uig on Skye where Caledonian MacBrayne allows you to take your car onboard, or leave it at one of the ferry departure points and travel as a foot passenger.
There are several car hire operators on Lewis, Benbecula and the Isle of Barra where you can rent a car to explore this stunning region.
You can find out up-to-date traffic information from Traffic Scotland, and plan your route with Transport Direct.
Scottish Citylink operates regular bus services to mainland ferry ports connecting, where possible, with ferry arrival and departure times.
Between Ullapool and Inverness, and Oban and Glasgow and Edinburgh, Citylink buses take you on a scenic journey through beautiful scenery to the ferry terminals where ongoing connections are available to the Outer Hebrides' islands.
Travel by rail to Oban from where you can catch a Caledonian MacBrayne ferry to the Outer Hebrides, or take the train to Mallaig or Kyle of Lochalsh, then journey by bus or car through Skye before making a ferry crossing from Uig to the Outer Hebrides.
To get to Ullapool, take the train as far as Inverness, and then go by coach to Ullapool.
If you’re planning to explore the region, The Freedom of Scotland Travelpass allows unlimited travel on scheduled rail services in Scotland, Caledonian MacBrayne ferries and certain Scottish Citylink bus routes, including those connecting with ferries to the Outer Hebrides.
Another option is a Rail and Sail pass which specifically covers trains and ferries to the Outer Hebrides.
For all train times to Scotland and fares across the UK network, visit National Rail Enquiries.