Ferries to Mull from Oban, Lochaline and Kilchoan with CalMac
Mull ferry times
Scottish Government COVID protection levels are in place across Scotland and include travel restrictions which are now law - in a Level 4 Area, you can only leave your home for an essential purpose.
All three Caledonian MacBrayne Hebridean & Clyde (CalMac) ferries to Mull carry cars and larger vehicles as well as passengers.
Book on an Oban ferry sailing
Bookings can now be made until the end of the Summer 2021 timetable on 17th October 2021.
Travel on the Lochaline or Kilchoan turn-up-and-go sailings
Both of these “turn-up-and-go routes” remain non-bookable for both vehicle and foot passengers. Your first choice of sailing may not be always be available, however you should get across. To maximise your chances, allow plenty of travel time and don't arrive late in the day. Contact CalMac if you're unsure.
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 email@example.com - see more CalMac contact information here.
Read the latest CalMac COVID-19 updates and see some Frequently Asked Questions about the current service. Watch a video on safer travel with CalMac and read more about preparing to travel. CalMac ferries are constrained in capacity due to physical distancing requirements. As ferries are public transport, face coverings are currently mandatory on vessels and in port offices, unless you have a medical exemption.
See all of our coronavirus COVID-19 information relevant to staying at Back Brae Lodge.
To check on any disruption to sailings:
- See the current status of each route in CalMac's network and information that may affect your journey.
- Download the CalMac app for mobile devices.
- Register to receive live SMS text updates.
- Check the weather forecast for Oban before travelling, and consider your plans.
Sailings can be late, rescheduled or cancelled if there is bad weather, only occasionally but more often between late Autumn and early Spring. See CalMac's performance record for the route and month you intend to travel.
Driving times to ferry terminals
Travelling to Mull from central Scotland by car, the most direct route is via Tyndrum near Crianlarich. To drive to Tyndrum, allow:
- 1 hour 45 mins from central Glasgow (via Dumbarton and Loch Lomond)
- 2 hours 30 mins from central Edinburgh (via Stirling and Callander)
Times given here are guides to a recommended minimum time to allow for travel. Remember to allow 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. If there is snow and ice forecast in Winter, the routes to Lochaline and Kilchoan are more likely to become impassible, as they involve steeper gradients and long stretches of single track road.
Onward travel from Tyndrum to the main ferry terminal at Oban takes an additional 1 hour. 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.
Driving to the inland Corran ferry (just south of Fort William) allows onward travel to both of the two smaller ferries to Mull. The journey from Tyndrum to the Corran ferry takes 1 hour (38 miles). The drive from the Corran ferry to the Lochaline ferry terminal takes another 1 hour. 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.
From Tyndrum to the Corran ferry takes 1 hour, then the onward drive to the Kilchoan ferry terminal takes another 1 hour 30 mins. 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.
Ferry to Craignure on Mull from Oban (mainland Argyll)
The most popular ferry crossing to Mull from Glasgow and the south is from Oban to Craignure, the longest crossing and the largest ferry. Booking in advance is strongly advised for both vehicles and foot passengers on this main route. A standard car with two adult passengers currently costs £42.30 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. Crossing time is 50 minutes and it takes another 40 minutes to drive between the Craignure terminal and Tobermory.
Oban-Craignure timetables and fares
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).
Scenic motoring: the road to Tyndrum from Glasgow runs through Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. From Edinburgh, through picturesque Callander.
Alternative routes: from Loch Lomond, going via Inverary then the A819 doesn't take much longer. Taking the A83 and A816 via Lochgilphead as a long way round adds about an hour to the 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 £24.70 for a return journey. Travelling via the Corran ferry, add that return fare of £17.60 to total £42.30. Crossing time is 18 minutes and it takes another 30 minutes to drive between the Fishnish terminal and Tobermory.
Lochaline-Fishnish timetables and fares
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).
Alternative route: instead of crossing the Corran ferry, carry on through Fort William then 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).
In the news: Lochaline slipway reopens
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 £29.20 for a return journey. Travelling via the Corran ferry, add that return fare of £17.60 to total £46.80. Crossing time is 35 minutes.
Kilchoan-Tobermory timetables and fares
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).
Scenic motoring: 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.
Alternative 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 (the railway bridge scenes in the Harry Potter movies), 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.
In the news: Scotland's Insider Guide: Ardnamurchan
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 £8.80 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).
Corran ferry timetables and fares
Scenic motoring: the road from Tyndrum crosses desolate Rannoch Moor and then through spectacular Glencoe.
In the classic 1886 novel Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, the characters David Balfour and Alan Breck travel a route between Mull and Edinburgh, now known as The Stevenson Way. Read their fictional journey in 1751, which mentions some of the places on this page.