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 : see the Calmac summer timetable. From late October to late March, the daily return sailings are to Mallaig or Oban : see the Calmac winter timetable.
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) : see the Calmac summer timetable or winter timetable.
Causeways connect all the islands from Eriskay in the south to Berneray in the north. There are also inter-island vehicle ferries linking Eriskay with Barra and Berneray with Harris : timetables for these are also to be found on the Timetables for the inter-island ferries – across the Sound of Barra and the Sound of Harris – are also to be found on the Calmac website.
Once you have made your booking, we highly recommend installing to your smartphone the Calmac app, available from the relevant app store. We also recommend that you use the travel disruption update text message service.
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.