Travelling to Ardtornish by public transport is possible, and often involves multiple forms of transport – including train, bus & ferry. If you get your timing right you’ll be sure to embark on one of the most beautiful & adventurous by public transport journeys in Scotland.
Below are the two easiest routes to Ardtornish by public transport, both using Glasgow as your departure point:
Route 1. Begin your journey West to Ardtornish in Buchanan Street Bus Station by boarding the Citylink bus for Fort William. You can also board this bus directly at Glasgow Airport should you have flown there first.
Take this bus to the Corran Ferry Northbound bus stop which is only a very short walk from the Ferry. Cross as a foot passenger on the ferry and you’ll find yourself in Ardgour on the Ardnamurchan peninsula, around 30 miles away from Ardtornish.
You will then have to hitch, arrange a lift from friends or catch the (occasional, timetabled) Shiel Bus which will drop you off at Ardtornish.
Route 2. Begin your journey in Glasgow Queen Street railway station by boarding the ScotRail train to Oban.
Once in Oban, you are a few minutes walk from the Caledonian Macbrayne Ferry terminal, where you should board the ferry to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. Once on Mull you should take the West Coast Tours coach heading for Tobermory, ask the driver for a ticket to the Fishnish Ferry Terminal.
Once at the Fishnish Ferry Terminal cross the Sound of Mull on the ferry to Lochaline. On arrival to Lochaline you are only 2.5 miles from Ardtornish, and will have to walk, hitch a lift, arrange a lift from friends or catch the Shiel Bus which will drop you off at Ardtornish. Or give us a ring and we will come and collect you.
If you are planning a trip by public transport to Ardtornish, we strongly advise you to double check your timings – as missing just one connection could cause a lengthly delay or overnight wait. It is a great idea when travelling to Ardtornish to have a plan B up your sleeve in case you end up stuck.