Flybe operate a scheduled service from Glasgow airport and the short 35 minute flight offers spectacular views of the rugged west coast of Scotland. For flight information, visit www.flybe.com. Upon arrival on Islay you can either arrange to be transported to Bowmore by one of the local taxis services (see Islay taxis, carol's cabs, Fiona's taxis or Bruichladdich taxis) or have a hire car waiting for you at the airport (see Islay car hire and Mackenzies).
To get to Bowmore, turn left out of the airport car-park and travel 5.5 miles north east on the A846. Bowmore is first village you enter and after turning left to go down main street, take a right onto shore street. The Saddlers is located on the left hand side of road across from the bank of Scotland, next to No.26.
If flying is not for you, Caledonian Macbraynes run a frequent ferry service to Islay. The relaxing two hour sailing provides equally stunning views from the sea. For timetables, please visit: www.calmac.co.uk.
You will arrive on Islay at either port Ellen or port Askaig. A single 'main road' (the A846) directly connects port Askaig and port Ellen with Bowmore roughly half way between the two villages. When entering Bowmore from port Askaig direction, continue until you see the bank of Scotland on the left hand side, The Saddlers is located on the opposite side of the road. From port Ellen turn left onto the main road by the Islay hotel and continue. You will pass the airport and can follow the directions given above.
For local travel information, call the Islay tourist information centre on 08707 200617 or email firstname.lastname@example.org