Ferrys depart from the mainland port of Kennacraig. They arrive at, and depart from, either Port Ellen or Port Askaig on the Isle of Islay.
You will need to book your ferry crossing, especially if you are bringing a vehicle.
Contact: Caladonian MacBrayne (Calmac)
Coaches depart from Glasgow and arrive at Kennacraig in time for the relevant ferry. They also depart Kennacraig, on the return journey, shortly after the ferry arrives from Islay.
Once on Islay buses are timed (mostly!) to take passengers to Bowmore and the other main villages from the ferry terminals.
Travelling by car you will need to get to the ferry terminal at Kennacraig on the mainland to catch the ferry. You are able to leave your car at Kenacraig but to get the best out of Islay it is recommended you bring it with you.
There are two companies on Islay where you can hire a car. It is usually possible to have your car waiting at the airport or ferry terminals, and you can leave it there when you leave.
Contact: Islay Car Hire
Contact: Cresswell Cars
The Island Bear is centrally located in Bowmore, just off the main square in Shore Street (A486).
Parking is available on the street directly across from The Island Bear or in the Main Square carpark just around the corner.
From the bus stop opposite the Co-op in Bowmore walk down the hill and around the corner to your right. The Island Bear is on your immediate right.
Bowmore is midway between the ferry terminals of Port Askaig on the east coast and Port Ellen on the south coast. It is around an 11 mile journey to each.
The airport is situated around 8 miles to the south of Bowmore.
SATNAV: Postcode - PA43 7LB
The Island Bear Bed and Breakfast
Isle of Islay