Getting to Islay
Wherever you are coming from, the last leg of your journey is across the sea, which you will travel either by boat, most probably from Kennacraig on the Mull of Kintyre, from Oban, or by plane from Glasgow International Airport. Here are some of the possible routes:
1. Drive, cycle or motorcycle under your own steam to Kennacraig on the Kintyre peninsula and get the drive on/drive off ferry to either Port Askaig or Port Ellen. The crossing takes about 2 hours. (https://www.calmac.co.uk) Book well ahead. Bicycles go free, but contact CalMac to check there is space. On Wednesdays and Saturdays in summer there is one ferry a day between Islay and Oban; it takes 4 hours. You can eat and drink on all the boats, wander around the decks enjoying the views and relax in the lounges.
2. Get to Glasgow - by train, plane, coach or overnight Caledonian Sleeper - then get either:
a) the Citylink coach (http://www.citylink.co.uk) from Buchanan Street Bus Station to the ferry terminal at Kennacraig. (A frequent Airport Shuttle Bus runs between the airport and the Bus Station.) The coach takes about 3 hours 20 minutes including a break of 10 minutes only at Inverary. It is inexpensive and the views are lovely.