Getting to Mull
The first stage in getting to the isle of Iona is to sail to the isle of Mull, which is served by two different ferry routes operated by Caledonian MacBrayne. The main route is the Oban to Craignure service which connects with buses and trains to Glasgow and elsewhere. This sailing takes around 45 minutes and is served by a large ferry with good onboard facilities. Advance booking for cars is recommended (essential in the busy summer months) and vehicles must check in 30 minutes before departure. Tickets must be purchased before boarding.
The shorter Lochaline-Fishnish crossing is useful for those travelling from the north of Scotland and with their own vehicle.
Getting across Mull
Ferries from the mainland will take you to the East coast of Mull. The Iona ferry departs from Fionnphort (pronounced fin-a-fort), at the southwestern tip of Mull.
Follow the A849 to Fionnphort, just over an hour’s drive from Craignure; slightly longer from Fishnish. The road is mostly single track; there are regular passing places to allow you to pull in and let oncoming traffic pass. It’s also important to let others overtake if there is traffic behind you.
As you enter Fionnphort there is parking signposted to your left. If you have a lot of luggage you may want to unload bags and passengers down at the pier area beforehand. Visitors are not allowed to take cars on to Iona.
A scheduled service (496) from Craignure to Fionnphort meets certain ferries – see Bowmans Tours for timetables. Buses are parked on the left as you disembark the ferry, and tickets are purchased from the driver.
The local Taxi can collect you from the ferry at Craignure and take you straight to your accommodation on Iona.
Fionnphort - Iona ferry
The sound of Iona is less than a mile accross, served by a short and frequent ferry operated by Caledonian MacBrayne. The ferry runs every half hour or so in summer – less regularly in winter, and the crossing is around 10 mins. Tickets can be purchased at the small ticket office or from staff on board if this is closed. Visitors are not allowed to take cars on to Iona unless a special permit is granted.
Getting to Oban
There is a direct service from Glasgow Queen Street station which takes around 3 hours and travels through spectacular scenery. Details at Scotrail.
The station is adjacent to the ferry terminal. Oban is connected to UK mainline routes via Glasgow. Visit Trainline for more information.
Scottish Citylink operate direct services from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee and Fort William; Visit Citylink for more information.
Bus stands are within 5 minutes walk of the ferry terminal.
The local Taxi can collect you from your mainland arrival point and take you straight to your accommodation on Iona.
There is a new seaplane service from Glasgow to Oban. Visit Loch Lomond Seaplanes website for more informtion.
Glasgow International Airport
(90 miles/140km from Oban) operates international flights from Europe, the U.S.A and Canada, as well as frequent domestic flights from London airports. For details visit
(112miles/180km from Oban) Operates international flights from Europe, the U.S.A and Canada, as well as frequent domestic flights from London airports. For details visit the Edinburgh Airport Website.
(120 miles/190km from Oban) serves as a hub for low cost airlines such as Ryanair