Location and Travel Information
The Isle of Luing is 16 miles south of Oban, accessible by a three minute ferry ride from North Cuan, on the southerly tip of Seil Island. Seil is connected to the mainland by the famous "Bridge over the Atlantic". Below are links to all the main transport providers.
Luing is served by the vehicle ferry MV Belnahua on its regular crossing from the Isle of Seil. You can bring your car over on the ferry, or park for free at North Cuan and come over on foot. A copy of the timetable is available online on the Argyll and Bute Council website.
Tickets can be bought individually, or in a book of five tickets. This works out significantly cheaper than buying individual tickets each time you cross. You can also save money by parking your car in North Cuan and coming across as foot passengers when possible.
There is a regular bus service from Oban to the ferry slipway at North Cuan. The 418 service connects Oban with North Cuan ferry slipway and is run by West Coast Motors. A timetable is available on their website. During the summer holidays, and on saturdays the service runs four times a day.
The train service from Oban goes via Crianlarich to Glasgow Queen Street Station, with three journeys a day all year, and four on saturdays during the summer. Timetables for the line are available online from ScotRail. Prices vary depending upon the time of your journey, but start at £8.60 for an adult single if booked in advance.
Now that the West Coast Line has been upgraded Virgin Trains are offering an even quicker service with the journey from London to Glasgow taking as little as four and a half hours. Prices differ wildly depending on when you want to travel, but booking in advance can be a third of the price of buying a ticket on the day you travel! Single prices seem to start at around £34 (March 2009) and it appears to be cheaper to book two separate singles rather than a return!
Citylink runs a service from Glasgow to Oban that runs up to 7 times a day. It is possible to come via Inverarary or Crianlarich. Timetables and fares are available on the Citylink website. Prices vary depending upon the time of your journey, but start at £6 for an adult single.
When travelling by car it is worth bearing in mind that the roads in the west of scotland are slower than you may be used to and allow plenty of time for your journey. Expect to take around 3 hours from Glasgow to Luing regardless of the route you take.