Eight Askernish is about 4 miles from Lochboisdale, which is the port for the Caledonian MacBrayne (Calmac) vehicle ferries serving the mainland ports of Mallaig and Oban. From late March to late October, there are daily return sailings to Mallaig. From late October to late March, the daily return sailings are to Oban.
The Calmac ferry from Uig (Isle of Skye), sails daily to and from Lochmaddy in North Uist – about 39 miles north of Askernish (allow at least 60mins driving time).
Causeways connect all the islands from Eriskay in the south to Berneray in the north. There are also vehicle ferries linking Eriskay with Barra and Berneray with Harris: these are also operated by Calmac.
Benbecula Airport at Balivanich, with Flybe/Loganair flights via Glasgow, is 24 miles north of Askernish. In Barra, Flybe/Loganair flights from Glasgow land on the beach (the world’s only scheduled flights to do so), with bus or taxi and Calmac ferry connections to Eriskay and thus to South Uist. If there’s just one or two of you and you are content to travel light and book early, travelling by plane can work out cheaper than travelling by car and ferry, especially if overnight accommodation would have been necessary.
Demand for ferries and flights on Saturdays (and to a lesser extent Fridays and Sundays) exceeds capacity from late spring to early autumn, and occasionally at other times – such as half-term holidays and the Christmas / New Year holidays. We recommend that you buy your tickets as soon as possible. If your holiday with us is some months away yet, there may not yet be a timetable published for that period. If you’ve already booked with us, you’ll receive our occasional emails with news about timetables and other developments.
You can call for a taxi from: Aitkins 01878 710313; Angus O’Henley 01878 700617; Sandy Lindsay 01878 700206.
Car hire can be arranged from: Laing Motors, Lochboisdale 01878 700267 ; Ask Car Hire, Benbecula 01870 602818.
Cycles can be hired from Rothan Cycles 01870 620283. Rothan will deliver the bikes to the house, and collect at the end of your stay.