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Transport : getting to Lewis, and seeing the island

Tip: Use this route planner for travel to Lewis from anywhere in the UK

Travel by car or caravan:  Lewis is a paradise for disabled motorists from the mainland, with many miles of quiet roads through idyllic countryside, and peaceful campsites. This guidance to disabled motorists is helpful. Be aware: petrol is very expensive on Lewis!

If you let them know when you book, Calmac ferries will arrange for your vehicle to be parked on board by a lift for easy access to the passenger decks. Calmac offers reduced fares to disabled motorists, but you must check their rules first. If you think you will need help either at the port or on the ferry itself, ask Calmac first!

Disabled drivers' motoring organisations can also be helpful.

Ferries: there are lifts and toilets for people with disabilities on the Calmac ferries. Some staff have limited training in BSL (sign language). The modern Stornoway ferry terminal has level access with a w/c toilet and the major ones at Ullapool, Tarbert, Mallaig and Uig also have w/c accessible toilets for people with disabilities. However, induction loops are not fitted as standard. This general advice to ferry passengers with a disability is helpful.

Read this buses and coaches page for information about the main Stornoway bus station and bus timetables and operators. Standards of disabled access vary considerably, please contact the operator directly. This Scottish guide gives information about your rights.

Rail travel :  there are no rail services on Lewis, however rail service operate on the mainland connecting Glasgow and Edinburgh to Mallaig, Kyle of Lochalsh, and Inverness. This UK guide shows what services are available at each station on the network.

Air travel : the only airport on Lewis is Stornoway, a few minutes from the town, connected by regular bus, taxi and car hire services. Use this journey planner to make a connection, and check this general advice to air passengers with a disability.  Check the arrivals board  and the departure board for what's happening today.

Ambulift facilities are available to help passengers with restricted mobility getting on and off the plane.  The Terminal Building has wheelchair and limited disabled toilet facilities.  There is a ramp at the entrance and staff will help if you ask.  Ask the airline for help and information when you book.

Further information about travel is available from the council website

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