Berneray is in the Sound of Harris, linked to North Uist by causeway since 1999. You do need to plan your travel carefully, choosing a ferry crossing that suits your journey, or by other forms of public transport, see below. Don’t feel daunted – the journey through the highlands is magnificent and the roads just get quieter and more remote as you travel north.
We usually allow a couple of days with an overnight stop to get to Berneray comfortably, though we have also done it by road overnight, and by flying. We are very happy to advise and help you with your journey, though many people tell us that planning their ‘road trip’ is all part of the fun! Whenever time allows, we suggest that you add your travel time on to your holiday so that you get the most from your stay in the cottage.
Caledonian MacBrayne (Scottish Gaelic: Caledonian Mac a’ Bhriuthainn), usually shortened to Calmac, is the major operator of passenger and vehicle ferries, and ferry services, between the mainland of Scotland and 22 of the major islands on Scotland’s west coast. Find timetables, booking information and prices here. There are lots of different routes you can take, we usually head up to Skye then do the short (2 hour) crossing from Uig to Loch Maddy.
Loganair is the regional airline, flying into Balivanich on Benbecula (just 45 minutes by car to the cottage). You can also land on the beach at Barra, or at Stornoway on Lewis and use Calmac to island-hop to Berneray. Link to Loganair here. When we fly we take Birmingham to Inverness or Glasgow, and then hop across to Benbecula – it will depend where your starting point is of course.
Scottish City Link operates an extensive network of long distance express coach services across Scotland. Uig on Skye, Mallaig and Oban, on the mainland, are linked to the major Scottish cities and connect well to the ferry services. Getting here by bus! There is a good local bus service all year round (six days a week).
Trains run from Glasgow to Oban or Mallaig where the ferries connect, or from Inverness to the Kyle of Lochalsh where the City Link coach can be picked up to Uig.
Car Hire can be easily organised via Creagorry Motors Ltd. Vehicles can be collected from Creagorry Motors Ltd or from Benbecula airport, or delivered to any ferry terminal across the islands. Car Hire
Visit the Berneray Community Website for more information about this lovely island.