The ferry to and from the mainland departs from Oban in Argyll, and goes to Castlebay in Barra , either directly, or via Lochboisdale in South Uist. The ferry also connects with the Isle of Eriskay and South Uist.
For timetable details, or to make a booking, look at www.calmac.co.uk or phone 0800 066 5400.
Airports are in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, in Benbecula, and on the Isle of Barra.
The bus service through the islands is good. See further details below. All services are weather dependent, so please bear this in mind when planning your holiday.
Bus services through the Western Isles run either direct to Stornoway, or offer connection to/from Stornoway. Most services run Monday to Saturday. Bus fares are inexpensive with through fares available on many connecting buses. Day Returns offer a discount and are available for all journeys which return to the same start point.
The best pace to find up to date timetables and routes is on the Western Isles Council (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar) website:
http://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/travel/busservice/current/index.asp for Lewis and Harris
http://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/travel/busservice/current/indexu.asp for Uists, Benbecula and Eriskay