I am parting ways with a group at the airport about 10am after a 10 day trip and hope to get to Tobermory by evening on public transport on my own. I can find several ways and times for the airport to Oban portion - and know I will need to catch the 15:55 ferry from Oban arriving Craignure 16:45, so that I can catch the 16:52 bus Craignure to Tobermory (last bus of the day).
I am wondering if someone has advice on the choice between:
10:25-11:31 Citylink Air bus EDI - Buchanon; 8 min walk; 12:24-15:28 Queen St-Oban;
heading back to Waverley for an 11:30-15:28 train (this is the same train as above Glasgow to Oban, with only the Edinburgh - Glasgow portion being train instead of bus); With this choice I could also leave from Haymarket instead of all the way back to Waverley.
With the bus choice, theoretically I would have an hour to switch bus to train in Glasgow - but would be at the mercy of traffic maybe. With the train all the way option, I have 10 min to switch platforms at Glasgow. And I assume the train would be reliable for arrival in Oban. Plus I like trains. :)
Second question: the train looks very walkable to the ferry. But would I be considered late for foot traffic on the ferry if I have my ticket pre-purchased?
I would of course like to be a bit earlier but job requirements will keep me with the group till I get them checked in at the airport.