With over 95% of all visitors to the Outer Hebrides travelling through Stornoway harbour, the vast majority of people arriving into Stornoway use the ferry service.
Operated by CalMac Ferries Ltd, the largest vessel in the CalMac fleet M.V. Loch Seaforth www.calmac.co.uk/fleet/mv-loch-seaforth sails between Ullapool and Stornoway three times a day. The sailing takes 2 hours and 30 minutes and travels past the scenic Summer Isles and through Loch Broom. This new 116 metre roll on roll off ferry is capable of operating 24 hours a day and has capacity for up to 700 passengers and 143 cars or 20 commercial vehicles.
The Port is equipped to high standards, including a waiting area with modern facilities, and the close proximity of the town ensures that all the facilities available in Stornoway are able to be used by Ferry Passengers. There is a taxi rank located at the Ferry Terminal building, and the main bus station is also located adjacent to the ferry terminal. The Modern terminal facilities include televisions in the waiting area, and a new elevated Passenger covered access which ensures that disabled and reduced mobility passengers can still access the ferry safely and comfortably at all stages of the tide and in all weathers. Cafeteria facilities are also available in the terminal building, however more extensive facilities are located in the centre of town which is only a couple of minutes walk. An electric charging point is available in the short stay car park
A separate drop trailer parking area has recently been constructed to assist with Commercial traffic.
The ferry terminal building is open each day at 6am and closes shortly after the latest ferry arrival each evening, approximately 9pm.
Further details of ferry times and booking process can be found on the Calmac ferries Website. www.calmac.co.uk