Getting to Shoals - Faculty/TAs


SML provides transportation to and from Appledore Island from the SML dock located at 315 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH. It is important to note that parking is not available at the dock.

Before arrival, make a boat reservation with the Island Coordinator:
  • Step 1: Consult our online Boat Schedule for times and departure locations. View Boat Schedule here!
  • Step 2: Email or call (603) 862-5346 to make your boat reservation.

  • Faculty and TAs typically arrive the Sunday before a course begins and leave with students on the last day of the course. Please contact Dr. David Buck directly with requests to arrive days earlier and/or depart days later.

  • SML staff will do our best to accommodate on-island housing requests.

Transporting materials/supplies
  • Please plan adequate time to drop materials off at the dock before departure.

  • SML staff will be available to help faculty shuttle cars to designated parking areas.

  • Mailing supplies ahead of time? Check our Contact Us Page for mailing addresses.

Travel Tidbits:
  • Summer traffic in coastal New England can be heavy. Please plan accordingly and leave plenty of extra time to get to the dock.
  • The SML dock is located next to the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company dock.
  • Five-minute loading/unloading parking is available at the dock. Please be mindful of cars shuttling in/out.
  • Please use the Travel Info links (see below) to assist you with other aspects of your travel planning.

Travel Info

Traveling by car:
  1. Follow arrival instructions above for getting to the dock on-time.
  2. SML does not provide parking in Portsmouth, NH.
  3. If you are getting dropped off, please do not park at the dock and wait for the boat to depart. Quick drop-offs only. (Same for pick-ups.)
  4. If you are driving yourself and need to park, follow the long-term/short-term parking instructions (see above). You will need to get a taxi from long-term parking back to the dock. Upon return, you will need to get a taxi back to your car.
Traveling by bus:
  1. C&J Trailways: Drops off at the Portsmouth Transportation Center (Park & Ride). You will need to get a taxi from this bus stop to the dock (15-miunte ride).
  2. Greyhound Bus: Drops off at 54 Hanover St. in downtown Portsmouth, then walk 3 blocks to the main dock.
Taxi to the dock:

(Call ahead to pre-arrange pick-ups)

  1. Rockingham Taxi: (603) 501-0960
  2. Great Bay Taxi: (603) 326-8294
  3. Market Square Taxi: (603) 205-1788
  4. Annie's Taxi: (603) 531-9955
Nearby airports:
  1. Boston Logan International Airport (Boston, MA) - BOS, 1.5 hours south of Portsmouth, NH
  2. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (Manchester, NH) - MHT, 45 minutes northwest of Portsmouth, NH
Getting from the airport to Portsmouth:
  1. C&J Trailways: Picks up at Boston Logan Airport, drops off at the Portsmouth Transportation Center (Park & Ride). You will need to get a taxi from this bus stop to the dock (15-minute ride).
  2. Flightline:  Reservations required! Flightline services the Manchester airport, and drops off at the Sheraton Portsmouth Hotel, right across the street from the Portsmouth dock at 315 Market St.
  3. Boston Coach: Offers private car service in the Boston/southern NH area. Boston Coach will arrange group pickups as well as individual rides, which makes it a great resource for students meeting up at Manchester-Regional or Logan Airport!

Seacoast New Hampshire and Maine have a variety of places to stay, visit, and explore! If you need to spend the night on the mainland before or after your program, consult our list of recommendations. Also or check out and/or

SPECIAL NOTE FOR STUDENTS UNDER 21: Please be aware that some places to stay may not accept reservations for students under 21 years of age! SML cannot provide overnight accommodations for students before or after program start/end dates.

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