Ferries from Kennacraig, Scotland

Kennacraig is a tiny hamlet in West Loch Tarbert, Argyll.

Despite its small size, there is a ferry port there and ferries cross to and from Islay. The ferry terminal was built in 1968 and was taken over by Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) in 1978.

The history behind the area – particularly that of West Loch Tarbert – is fascinating. In 1093, Magnus Barefoot who was king of Norway, wanted to increase the land he owned in the Scottish Hebrides.

To do this, he literally had his longboat dragged over the land between West and East Loch Tarbert as he stood at the tiller and ‘steered’ it. King Malcolm III of Scotland had agreed that Magnus could have any land on the west coast that a ship could sail around, so by pulling his ship over the land Magnus did really cheat… but he was given the land anyway!

Ferries from Kennacraig, Scotland

Ferry Routes

OperatorRouteServicesTravel TimePrice
Kennacraig Port Askaig 17 weekly 2 hoursSee prices
Kennacraig Port Ellen 4 daily 2¼ hoursSee prices

This information is for reference purposes only. Journey times are approximate. Frequency is based on typical schedules. Schedules are subject to availability and weather conditions. Information correct at the time of writing.

Taster Cruise Ship Itineraries

Sorry, no mini cruise routes can be found departing from Kennacraig sailing on a cruise ship.

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The Ferry Terminal, Whitehouse, By Tarbert, Argyll, PA29 6YF, United Kingdom


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