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Ferries to Inner Hebrides

The Inner Hebrides is an archipelago found just off Scotland’s west coast, to the southeast of the Outer Hebrides. With 35 of the 44 islands inhabited, it’s one of the most sparsely populated areas of Scotland and largely self-sufficient on its agricultural industry.

150 miles in length, this chain spans many different islands but is collectively identified for its sweeping highlands, wonderful wildlife and compelling archaeological sites. The culmination of these features make the Inner Hebrides one of the most fascinating places to visit in Scotland. The magical scenery is what captivates visitors most of all, with majestic mountain ranges giving way to verdant fields, glistening lochs and golden beaches.

The Isle of Skye is the finest testament to the Inner Hebrides, offering the most iconic landscapes and geological structures. The largest island, it’s also steeped in history; the most important sites include Dunvegan Castle: the ancestral home of the McLeod Clan, the ‘Viking Canal’ and the ruinous Iron Age hill fort on the Strathaird peninsula.

Skye’s main town, Portree, is the archipelago’s biggest settlement, known for its colourful houses upon the waterfront and for hosting a range of theatrical events in its award-winning Aros Centre.

A world leading manufacturer of whiskey, the Inner Hebrides is rich in distilleries worth visiting, particularly on the islands of Jura and Islay (there are eight to choose from). Once you’ve sampled your share of single malts, the countryside awaits with its spectacle of wildlife; keep your eyes out for sea and golden eagles, red-throated diver, puffins, orcas, basking sharks and grey seals found just offshore.

Getting the ferry to the Inner Hebrides is the easiest and quickest way of exploring the beautiful archipelago. Operated by the region’s leading ferry company, Caledonian MacBrayne, a vast number of routes embark from towns like Oban on the mainland, and from the Outer Hebrides to the north.

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Inner Hebrides reviews

  • "Pet friendly journey"

    Our first ferry journey with our dog went without a hitch. We arrived early for our booking and were put on an earlier ferry. The pet friendly accommodation was spacious & comfortable & the coffee was good. The lady who answered my telephone query was friendly & helpful.

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  • "Ferry to arran"

    Excellent service, both on land and on the ferry, very organised, comfy seating. Never used the catering bar coffees. Late leaving port but no problem to us but possibly others.

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  • "Excellent trip"

    Excellent journey. Very efficient loading and unloading of our car. Lovely rest before our long drive home. We had a beautiful day for our journey and we could see for miles and enjoyed all the lovely scenery. Would definitely recommend.

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  • "Booking"

    I found booking with Direct Ferries extremely easy and simple. Unfortunately I had to change my return booking and did this online. When I received no further confirmation that my request had been successful and my departure date was imminent I tried phoning Direct Ferries. This was very dispiriting. I tried 3 times and each time was held in a queue with the frequently repeated message 'we are dealing with other customers'. No doubt true but in this case it would show more consideration to employ more telesales staff. At the very least the company might invest in the software to tell customers where they are in the queue. On my first 2 attempts I gave up after 10 minutes. On the third occasion I hung on and was answered after 20 minutes. The person I spoke to was extremely courteous and helpful and dealt with me most efficiently. I was charged £10.50 for the change of booking. When I reported to the Caledonian McBrayne terminal at Oban, I was told they would have changed the booking without a fee. I think in view of this I will in future try to deal with the ferry company direct although I recognise you offer a good service when there are no problems.

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