Organise your trip


By air

By air 

Inverness Airport is the closest airport at just over 2 hours away by coach and ferry. Scheduled flights operate between Inverness and London Gatwick, London Luton, Amsterdam, Belfast City, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Stornoway in the Western Isles, Kirkwall in Orkney and Sumburgh in Shetland, plus seasonal flights to Geneva. Glasgow also has an airport, about 4 hours' drive and Edinburgh just over 4 hours. Timetables and lots of other information can be found on their website

By train

By train

First ScotRail : Rail service from Inverness to Kyle, Glasgow to Mallaig. A sleeper service runs from London to Inverness and from London to Fort William. They also run services all over Scotland.

GNER: Daily service to Inverness from Edinburgh and London, stopping in many other places between Inverness and London. Their best prices can be accessed on their website.

For information contact National Rail Enquiries (tel: +44 (0)8457 484950).

By coach

By coach/bus

Citylink: Daily bus service to Broadford, from Inverness and Glasgow. They also run services all over Scotland. Their best prices are found on their own website.

Megabus: Daily services to Inverness from Perth, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London. Their best prices are found on their website.

Maclean Coaches: Busses to SMO from Portree, Broadford, Kyle, Armadale

Once you have made the crossing by ferry, there are buses running from the pier past the college but they are not frequent and not many run when the ferry arrives in Armadale. The easiest and most convenient way to the venue would be to get a taxi from the pier. 

By car

By car

Drive from Glasgow
It is 216 miles from Glasgow to Portree on Skye. It will normally take 5-6 hours to drive; in the summer months when the roads are busy it can take a bit longer. It is always worth stopping in Fort William to break up the Journey. Fort William is a small town about half way from Skye to Glasgow with shops on the High Street and many good places to eat.

Drive from Inverness
It is 112 miles from Inverness to Portree on Skye, it will take about 2.5 hours if the roads a quiet, but during the summer it can take a bit longer.

The Skye Bridge
Though Skye is an Island they do have a road bridge spanning the sea between the villages of Kyle (mainland) and Kyleakin (Skye).
If you are driving following the directions from a Sat Nav, be aware if you a traveling from the south and select the shortest rouge some devices will take you to Mallaig where there is the ferry to Skye.
Check your route carefully to ensure it takes you slightly longer route using the free road bridge.

You can plan your route online using one of the free route planners - examples are The AA or The RAC.

By ferry

By ferry

Calmac Ferry: Mallaig to Armadale - 30 minute crossing

Calmac also run ferries from North Uist and Harris to Uig in the north of Skye.  Tel: +44 (0)8705 650 000

Kylerhea Ferry:   Glenelg to Kylerhea - 5 minute crossing, Easter to October  Tel: +44 (0)1599 511 302

By taxi


Nicolson Private Hire, Sleat  Tel:  01471 844 338  Mob  07899 952 403
W. MacLeod, Broadford  Mob:  07972 886 777
Kyleakin Taxis  Tel:  01599 534 452
Kyle Private Hire  Tel:  01471 822 122

If you require any assistance planning your journey, please e-mail stating where you are travelling from and your preferred method.

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline extended:
    22 February 2016
  • Early registration deadline:
    25 April 2016
  • Registration deadline:
    4 May 2016


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