The main sea route to the north end of the Western Isles is via the car ferry that links Ullapool to Stornoway. For most of the year, there are two daily sailings which carry passengers and their vehicles across the Minch. Additionally there is a year-round overnight freight service. The timetable fluctuates seasonally, with extra sailings in the busiest periods and a slightly reduced Sunday sailing offer in the winter time. Always check the timetable before travelling and it is advisable to book your tickets in advance.
For current timetable and fare information, visit http://www.calmac.co.uk/.
Constructed in 2014 and weighing 8680 GRT, the 116m ro-ro ferry Loch Seaforth has capacity for 700 passengers and 143 cars (or 20 commercial vehicles). The viewing deck and external deck areas afford really excellent views of the Minch with opportunities to watch some fantastic marine wildlife en route.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the details on public transport are correct, these details do change depending on weather, ferry requirements, time of year etc. Please check with the operator prior to travelling to ensure you have up to date, accurate information. A useful web site for travel in Scotland is www.traveline.org.uk
Citylink Coaches/Stagecoach Bus operate a bus service from Inverness to Ullapool. Stagecoach also operate a service north of Ullapool to/from Drumbeg – see their website for details – www.stagecoachbus.com.
Click here to go to the Citylink website and look up timetable from Glasgow/Edinburgh to Ullapool and onwards to Stornoway.
The Westerbus also operates from Inverness to Gairloch connecting with an Ullapool service at Braemore Junction on a Mon, Wed & Saturday. For more information contact 01854 612966.
www.decoaches.co.uk also operate a summer service from Inverness to Dingwall, through Strathpeffer to Ullapool and onwards north to Lochinver, Scourie and Durness. Click here to see the timetable.
Car/Coach Hire & Taxi services
Ullapool Taxi Services – 07517 612619
Lochbroom Filling Station & Self Drive offers car hire – 01854 613355