In 2002 a small ferry port was built in the village to serve a new ferry link between Barra and Eriskay as part of the Sound of Barra Integrated Transport Project. The ferry service started in spring 2003. A causeway had previously been built linking Eriskay to South Uist. The daily service on the MV Loch Alainn has frequent sailings and takes only 40 minutes compared to 90 minutes for the Castlebay - Lochboisdale service on the larger CalMac ship the MV Clansman. That service was previously the main connection between the islands of Barra and South Uist but was not daily and only formed part of the route from Oban-Castlebay-Lochboisdale. Now with the establishment of the small vehicle ferry between Barra and Eriskay, the MV Loch Alainn takes the most traffic from Barra with the exception of large lorries, which still use the MV Clansman.
Note that the correct location for the port is as follows, rather than at Aird Mhidhinis as shown on some printed Ordnance Survey maps.