Ferries to Mull from Oban, Lochaline and Kilchoan with CalMac
Mull ferry times
Caledonian MacBrayne Hebridean & Clyde ferries (CalMac) will be running two timetables in July 2020, following disruption due to necessary Scottish Government COVID-19 travel restrictions. From now on, existing customer bookings may be affected on Oban-Craignure sailings if capacity does not allow (CalMac will be contacting customers in due course). Further capacity is expected to be dependant on relaxation of the 2-metre social distancing rule in Scotland. Face coverings are mandatory on ferries, unless you have a medical exemption.
Between 1st July and 14th July
Between 15th July and 17th October
A step up in capacity, with a second vessel in operation. Oban-Craignure sailings will be available to book from 2nd July. These Oban-Craignure bookings can only be made “on a rolling two-week window”. What this means is that you can book a sailing to or from Mull 13 days beforehand; for example on Saturday 4th July you can book for a sailing until Friday 17th July. CalMac have confirmed that vehicle bookings must be made for these Oban-Craignure sailings - you cannot arrive at a port and travel without a booking. Foot passengers are also advised to book.
Both Lochaline-Fishnish and Kilchoan-Tobermory “turn-up-and-go routes” remain non-bookable for both vehicle and foot passengers. When travelling on a turn-up-and-go route, capacity may be constrained and your first choice of sailing may not be always be available.
So how do I get on and off Mull in July and August?
If you're travelling to stay at Back Brae Lodge, to be sure of booking a return sailing you'd need to wait until 13 days before your expected outbound and return travel dates. For example, if your stay is from 17th to 24th July, you'd need to book an outbound sailing on the 4th July at earliest, then book a return sailing on the 11th July. Or you could take your chances with a turn-up-and-go sailing on one or both travel days, from Lochaline-Fishnish or Kilchoan-Tobermory.
Mull ferry routes
All three ferries to Mull carry cars and larger vehicles as well as passengers:
- Ferry to Craignure on Mull from mainland Oban, Argyll
- Ferry to Fishnish on Mull from mainland Lochaline, Morvern
- Ferry to Tobermory on Mull from mainland Kilchoan, Ardnamurchan
Caledonian MacBrayne information
See more information about travelling to Mull by ferry from CalMac. The telephone number for CalMac enquiries and reservations is 0800 066 5000 and their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org - see more CalMac contact information here.
The Mull & Iona Ferry Committee represents the island users of these lifeline ferry services.
Driving times to ferry terminals
Travelling to Mull from central Scotland by car, the most direct route is via Tyndrum (near Crianlarich). Recommended minimum travel times to allow for driving to Tyndrum are:
- 1 hour 45 mins from central Glasgow (via Dumbarton and Loch Lomond)
- 2 hours 30 mins from central Edinburgh (via Stirling and Callander)
Onward travel from Tyndrum to the main ferry terminal at Oban takes an additional 1 hour.
Alternatively, driving to the inland Corran ferry (just south of Fort William) allows onward travel to one of the smaller ferries to Mull. The journey from Tyndrum to the Corran ferry takes an additional 1 hour, and then there's normally a maximum 30 minute wait for the ferry. Once across, the drive to the Lochaline ferry terminal takes 1 hour or to the Kilchoan ferry terminal takes 1 hour 30 mins.
Remember to allow plenty of extra time for stops to eat, shop or appreciate the scenery, and that ferries don't wait so reconsider plans if you're running late, rather than drive dangerously.
Ferry to Craignure on Mull from Oban (mainland Argyll)
The most popular ferry to Mull from Glasgow and the south is the crossing from Oban to Craignure, the longest crossing and the largest ferry. These sailings can fill up several weeks in advance in the summer season, so booking in advance is recommended. A standard car with two adult passengers in Summer 2020 costs £43.60 for a return journey.
You must be at the Oban ferry terminal at least 30 minutes before departure, however up to an hour is recommended at busy times of the year. Crossing time is 50 minutes and it takes another 40 minutes to drive between the Craignure terminal and Tobermory.
- See the CalMac Essential Lifeline timetable between Oban and Craignure (until 30th June 2020).
- See the CalMac Temporary timetable between Oban and Craignure (from 1st to 14th July 2020).
See the current service status for this Oban to Craignure crossing. Text CALMAC SUBSCRIBE 11 to 60030 to receive live SMS text updates on service status (text CALMAC STOP to cancel all subscriptions).
Driving distance between Tyndrum and Tobermory taking this ferry route is 58 miles and total journey time over land and water is at least 3 hours.
Scenic alternative motoring routes from Glasgow: driving an alternative route to Oban from Loch Lomond via Inverary then the A819 doesn't take much longer, and taking the A83 and A816 via Lochgilphead long way round adds about 45 minutes to the Oban journey.
Ferry to Fishnish on Mull from Lochaline (mainland Morvern)
The Lochaline to Fishnish is the quickest ferry crossing to Mull. It's a longer drive from Tyndrum than the Oban route, but taking mileage and all ferry tickets into account, for an average car it's comparable in overall travel cost. Booking isn't possible, just arrive in good time. A standard car with two adult passengers in Summer 2020 costs £25.40 for a return journey. Travelling via the Corran ferry, add that return fare of £17.00 to total £42.40. Crossing time is 18 minutes.
- See the CalMac Essential Lifeline timetable between Fishnish and Lochaline (until 30th June 2020).
- See the CalMac Temporary timetable between Fishnish and Lochaline (from 1st to 14th July 2020).
See the current service status for this Lochaline to Fishnish crossing. Text CALMAC SUBSCRIBE 12 to 60030 to receive live SMS text updates on service status (text CALMAC STOP to cancel all subscriptions).
Driving distance between Tyndrum and Tobermory taking this ferry route is 86 miles and total journey time over land and water is at least 3 hours.
Scenic alternative motoring route: instead of crossing the Corran ferry, just north of Fort William turn off towards Corpach on the A830 (signposted to Mallaig), then left on to the A861 around Loch Eil and back down Loch Linnhe to reach Ardgour - about an extra 1 hour 30 mins (43 miles).
Ferry to Tobermory on Mull from Kilchoan (mainland Ardnamurchan)
This Tobermory ferry from Kilchoan on the mainland Ardnamurchan peninsula is the longest route from the south, but overall probably the most scenic way to get to Tobermory. Booking isn't possible, just arrive in good time. A standard car with two adult passengers in Summer 2020 costs £30.20 for a return journey. Travelling via the Corran ferry, add that return fare of £17.00 to total £47.20. Crossing time is 35 minutes.
- See the CalMac Essential Lifeline timetable between Tobermory and Ardnamurchan (until 30th June 2020).
- See the CalMac Temporary timetable between Tobermory and Ardnamurchan (from 1st to 14th July 2020).
See the current service status for this Kilchoan to Tobermory crossing. Text CALMAC SUBSCRIBE 14 to 60030 to receive live SMS text updates on service status (text CALMAC STOP to cancel all subscriptions).
Driving distance between Tyndrum and Tobermory taking this ferry route is around 83 miles and total journey time over land and water is at least 3.5 hours.
You can reach Kilchoan via the Corran ferry, with beautiful scenery going through Strontian and then the Ardnamurchan Peninsula & Loch Sunart. Between Strontian and Kilchoan there are about 30 miles (one hour) of narrow, winding single track road. This route is a similar driving distance to the Lochaline-Fishnish ferry route but the Kilchoan ferry arrives, quite magically, right into the heart of Tobermory and only a couple of minutes' walk from Back Brae Lodge.
Scenic alternative motoring route: instead of crossing the Corran ferry, continue through Fort William and turn off to Corpach. Take the A830 through Glenfinnan, home of the Jacobite Monument and the Glenfinnan Viaduct (Harry Potter railway bridge), to Lochailort. Turn off here and travel through Glenuig and Acharacle to Salen then Kilchoan. This route passes through some stunning West Highland scenery, and also involves an hour of single track road between Kinlochmoidart and Kilchoan. This diversion takes an extra 1 hour (33 miles) compared to the more direct route through Strontian.
Corran ferry from Nether Lochaber to Ardgour (mainland Morvern)
To reach the Lochaline or Kilchoan ferries directly, travel on this inland Corran ferry between Nether Lochaber (Corran, just south of Fort William) and Ardgour (Morvern). These are both points on the mainland, separated by fast-moving narrows across the sea loch, Loch Linnhe. A standard car with passengers currently costs £8.50 for a single journey. Crossing time is 5 minutes. Booking isn't possible, just arrive in good time. The ferry runs every 20 to 30 minutes, and is operated by Highland Council (not CalMac).
- See the timetable between Nether Lochaber and Ardgour (CalMac version).
- See the timetable between Nether Lochaber and Ardgour (Highland Council version - probably more up-to-date).
Driving distance from Tyndrum to Corran is around 38 miles (1 hour). The road runs across desolate Rannoch Moor and through spectacular Glencoe.