Passenger Ferry Services

with Kintyre Express

Ferry Services

Our passenger ferry services for 2017 operate from Easter weekend to the end of September, details below.
Journey time between Campbeltown and Ballycastle is 1 hour 30 minutes and bikes are carried free on all journeys.
Ballycastle - Port Ellen services (including our popular Taste of Islay day tour) operate on the same days and dates with a journey time of approx 1 hour - please use the buttons above to book your seats.
Our distillery tour add-on ticket is also available to book with any ferry journey between Ballycastle and Port Ellen.

  • Campbeltown - Ballycastle

    Single £45 • Return £80

  • Ballycastle - Port Ellen

    Single £60 • Return £95

  • A Taste of Islay • £95

    Whisky tour only • £35

Timetables and Fares

  • Timetable dates

    Friday - Monday

    7th - 10th April

    14th - 17th April

    28th April - 29th May

    8th - 25th September


    1st June - 4th September

  • Departure times

    Campbeltown - Ballycastle 7.30am

    Ballycastle - Port Ellen 9.30am

    Port Ellen - Ballycastle 3.00pm

    Ballycastle - Campbeltown 4.30pm

  • Fares

    Campbeltown - Ballycastle

    Single £45 • Return £80

    Ballycastle - Port Ellen

    Single £60 • Return £95

    A Taste of Islay • £95

    Whisky tour only • £35

Destination Information



Situated on the beautiful peninsula of Kintyre, Campbeltown is one of the largest towns in Argyll. It is a great base for exploring scenic southern Kintyre and provides access to superb golf courses, beautiful scenery, many outdoor activities and for those travelling further afield, can be the start of your journey to discover the West Coast of Scotland.


Located on a deep bay sheltered by Davaar Island and the surrounding hills, Campbeltown itself is home to three active distilleries; Glen Scotia, Glengyle and Springbank with guided tours available at Springbank.


Kintyre offers a scenic trail of villages and towns and temperate climate fed by the warmth of the North Atlantic drift to visitors. Stunning scenery, world renowned seafood and locally sourced and produced cheeses, beef and lamb make the area a must for food lovers.


For those travelling further afield, Inveraray with its stunning castle and beautiful location offers a prefect place for a short break and Oban, the ferry hub for many of Scotland’s islands including the diverse and beautiful Inner Hebrides, is a bustling town with lots to see and do.



The village of Ballycastle is ideally located for exploring the Antrim Coast, famous for the Giant’s Causeway and Bushmills Distillery as well as its diverse and stunning scenery. The coast offers visitors a wealth of things to see and do including playing some of Northern Ireland’s most famous golf courses.


Ancient castles, heritage and culture play just as significant a part in the visitor experience as the breathtaking scenery.

For those looking to visit The Giant’s Causeway it is only 13 miles from Ballycastle and is easily accessible by cyclists and those using public transport. It is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.


Bushmills Distillery is only 3 miles from the Giant’s Causeway and dates back to 1608. It has approximately 120,000 visitors each year and offers guided tours and a well stocked gift shop.


Other popular activities within the area are cycling, walking, fishing and golfing so remember you can take your bike or golf clubs on Kintyre Express.


Isle of Islay

Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Known as ‘The Queen of the Hebrides’, it lies in Argyll just south west of Jura and around 40 kilometres north of the Irish coast.


Famous for its numerous whisky distilleries and large populations of birds, Islay is a beautiful island with a dozen beaches and many historical sites.


One historical site is Bowmore’s famous Round Church, one of only two in Scotland. Legend has it that it was designed so there would be no corners for the devil to hide in. Constructed from 1767 to 1769, the Latin inscription above the door tells us that it was built ‘to promote truth and honour’.


The Atlantic west coast of Islay is particularly beautiful because of stunning bays at Machir, Saligo and Sanaigmore. Saligo Bay is a must to enjoy one of the most impressive sunsets in Scotland.


There are many things to see and do besides visiting the distilleries and enjoying the scenery and wildlife. Golf, cycling, fishing, horse-riding and hillwalking are only a few of many possible activities.


Several annual festivals on the island attract many visitors, including the Islay Festival of Malt and Music, the Islay Jazz Festival, the Rugby Festival and the Cantilena festival. Please click here for further Islay information.