Travel to Scotland
If you are travelling to Scotland as part of one of our tailor-made packages or for one of our walking holidays in Scotland you may find the following information useful. For travelling to the start of all our other UK walking holidays you will find travel information under each individual walk.
Travel by Air
The principal airports in Scotland are Glasgow International, Glasgow Prestwick, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen.
Glasgow International Airport: - 8 miles west of the city centre, which can be reached by shuttle bus or taxi - www.glasgowairport.com
Glasgow Prestwick: - 30 miles south of Glasgow but connected to the city centre by a direct rail link from the terminal - www.gpia.co.uk
Edinburgh Airport: - 8 miles west of the city centre, which can be reached by shuttle bus or by taxi - www.edinburghairport.com
Inverness Airport: - 10 miles east of the city centre, which can be reached by bus or taxi - www.hial.co.uk
Aberdeen Airport: - 10 miles north of the city centre, which can be reached by bus or taxi - www.aberdeenairport.com
There are direct flights to Scotland from many parts of the UK as well as from Europe. If you cannot find a direct flight from your local airport consider changing at Amsterdam, Manchester or one of the London airports.
From North America
There are several direct routes to Scotland from major cities in the USA and Canada,
If you can't get a flight directly to Scotland, you may need to travel via London. From London, it is possible to fly to any airport in Scotland.
From the Rest of the World
There is a daily flight from Dubai to Glasgow with Emirates, offering connections from the rest of the world. There are many airlines offering flights to London. Once in London, there are a number of options for travel to Scotland.
Travel by Train
There are frequent train services to Scotland along the East and West coast, both serving Edinburgh and Glasgow. An overnight Caledonian Sleeper service also operates between London Euston and Scotland. Rail services continue north from Glasgow and Edinburgh, to Perth, Aberdeen and Inverness and then to the far north of Scotland.
From Glasgow you can take the spectacular West Highland line to Oban or through Fort William and on to Mallaig. From Mallaig, it is a 30 minute journey to the Isle of Skye by Calmac ferry.
It is normally possible to buy train tickets on the day without making a prior reservation. However, this can be more expensive than if you book in advance. For train timetables, costs and reservations follow these links:
Travel by Road
It is possible to travel to the starting point of most of our walking and tailor-made holidays by bus. Buses are generally less expensive than trains in the UK.
If you are planning to travel to Scotland by car and require help planning your route we recommend AA Route Planner.
Travel by Sea
From Ireland there are year round frequent services from Belfast to Troon on the Ayrshire coast and to Stranraer and Cairnryan in South-West Scotland.
If travelling from continental Europe, the Zeebrugge to Rosyth crossing, just across the Forth Bridge from Edinburgh is a popular route. From Northern Europe there are Smyril Line sailings from Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Bergen and Hanstholm to Lerwick in Shetland from where you can take an overnight Northlink Ferries sailing to Aberdeen.