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Glenegedale Airport Guide

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The Scottish island of Islay lies at the southernmost point of the Inner Hebrides archipelago, off the western shores of Scotland. Air access is via Islay Airport, formerly known as Glenegedale Airport, a tiny rural facility located five miles from the island’s quaint capital, Port Ellen. The airport is managed by Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd and hosts just three routes, Loganair to Glasgow and Hebridean Air Services to the islands of Colonsay and Oban. Islay is famous for birding, stunning scenery and whisky distilleries, with self-drive the most practical way to get around its 239 square miles.

Who to Book With
Car hire at Islay Airport is supplied by Islay Car Hire and D&N McKenzie, with advance reservation recommended, although both suppliers have desks in the Arrivals hall and Islay Car Hire accepts online bookings.

Need to Know Essentials
You will need to show the following documents at vehicle collection:

- Your home country driver’s licence
- The credit card used to make the reservation
- A passport or utility bill to confirm your ID
- Confirmation of booking, if made in advance

For more info read our FAQ's.

Driving on Islay is a delight, with quiet roads, great views and a relaxed pace. Keep a watchful eye out for wildlife, cattle or sheep on the roads, and remember that rural roads are single track with passing places every mile or so, making reversing likely, to allow wide farm traffic to pass.

See our guide to the UK for more information on driving here.


A self-drive break on Islay starts at the airport, just a few minutes’ drive from Port Ellen. Other ground transport options are local bus links to other small towns as well as the main town, and taxis. Bicycles can also be hired on the complex.

Taxis from the airport are provided by Islay Taxis, Island Taxis, Fiona’s Taxis, Bruichladdich Taxis and several other local firms, with pre-booking strongly advised. Saloon cars and minibuses for large groups are offered, and some firms provide guided tours of the island’s attractions and distilleries. Taxi prices from Islay Airport to Port Ellen are available on request through island taxi firms.

The bus service from the airport to Port Ellen arrives around 40 minutes after the scheduled morning Glasgow flight touches down. Bus services on Islay are operated by B. Mundell Ltd (+44 149 684 0273), with drivers the best source of timetable information. Getting around by bus involves some planning as services only connect the villages during school times and holiday periods.


Islay Airport’s terminal is open Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 17:40, Saturday from 08:00 to 09:00 and Sunday from 14:45 to 15:30. It’s small, relatively comfortable and totally hassle-free.

Car parking at the airport is free and located adjacent to the terminal. Dedicated bays for disabled passengers are provided, as is a pick-up/drop-off area. A long-stay car park suitable for passengers leaving their vehicles for over three days is found near the airport, with details available at the information desk.

There is no Wi-Fi access at Islay Airport.

Information Services
The information desk is located just inside the terminal building.

Useful Numbers
Airport contact number: +44 149 639 2361

Reduced-mobility passengers are requested to make the necessary arrangements at the airport through their airline. Facilities at the terminal include wheelchairs, ramps, a washroom adapted for the disabled, an ambulift and designated parking bays.

Restaurants and Bars
The little terminal has a café serving tea, coffee, light snacks, meals and refreshments in line with the airport’s restricted opening hours. It’s also open on Sunday for cakes, coffees and teas between 16:30 and 18:00.

VIP Lounges
There are no VIP lounges at the airport.

Money and ATMs
There are no Forex services or ATMs at the airport.

The airport’s café has a display of attractive, locally-produced craft items.

Practical information

  • Currency
    British pound
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    48 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    96 km/h
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What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

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When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

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