Getting to Scotland
As several of Scotland’s airports have direct links with continental Europe and North America, you certainly don’t have to fly to London, England, first - though good road and rail cross-border connections in any case make it easy.
Getting Around Scotland
Great Highland views from the train, an easy-going rural road network in the Lowlands, excellent western and northern seaboard ferry and air links should all make journey planning a pleasure.
A good choice internal air and rail routes link Scotland, the UK and Ireland. Roads across the border include everything from main trunk roads to rural byways.
For those coming from Ireland and Northern Ireland then both P&O Ferries and Stena Line provide crossings from Northern Ireland. Simply catch the ferry from Belfast or Larne and travel to Cairnryan or Troon in Scotland. However Troon is only operational during the summer months from March. Journey time is from just 2 hours using the latest fast craft vessels.
Scotland has excellent air links with continental Europe. There are many direct flights from both low-cost and regular airlines to Scotland throughout Europe. Find out how to book now.
If you are considering taking your car to Scotland then the obvious choice is to take a ferry. There are a few choices of entry via England or Northern Ireland. Newcastle from Amsterdam with DFDS is the closest European entry point, which is less than an hour to the Scottish Borders.
As well as direct transatlantic flights to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Prestwick, other European hub airports, like London, Amsterdam or Paris, have good Scotland connections and widen the choice.
In a country accustomed to visitors from all parts of the globe, and where tourism is important, you’ll usually be able to find advice and assistance quite easily – even if it just means asking your fellow travellers.
The very best way to take in the scenery, railways in Scotland still reach to the very top of the mainland.
Fast motorways in the central belt, dual carriageways to Aberdeen, and the single-track Highland reduced to a minimum in recent years – the reality of Scottish road travel today.
The sense of remoteness of Scotland’s islands is mostly a romantic notion. In reality, an efficient ferry network makes getting around straightforward.
Coach and bus travel is not just about main town connections. Local services link small communities, while the Postbus is a way of life in remoter places.