Travel in Scotland - an overview

It is very easy to Travel to Scotland, it may surprise you how easy and inexpensive it can be. The main airports of Scotland are at Glasgow, Glasgow Prestwick and Edinburgh, all are international airports. The main provincial airports are at Aberdeen, Inverness, and Dundee. Highlands and Islands Airports operate ten airports throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. There is also a small airline that will fly you directly to all the islands click on this site to find out more.

Travel to Scotland from England, there are regular flights from the London airports to Scotland. By booking early, weeks ahead rather than days ahead it is possible to make very substantial savings on the regular fares. It is possible to get extremely cheap flights from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow via and and all offering superb deals including Amsterdam, and Dublin. Prices of £40 and lower return, can be obtained, by booking early and being prepared to travel at off peak times. Be prepared to buy the first time you visit their web sites, as you will often find the prices have increased the second time you visit. So know your dates and possible times before you visit their web sites to buy a flight.

If you have had a long haul flight as part of your travel to Scotland, stopping at Heathrow in London it is worth knowing that you can have a shower in terminal one; they also supply the towels, there can be nothing more refreshing after a long flight. It is located just behind Burger King in terminal one.

Bus and Coach Travel
Bus and coach is one way to travel in Scotland, there is a net work of intercity buses which travel to all the larger towns through out the UK and in Scotland. There are also local bus services that are specific to each local area of Scotland, the bus schedules can be scarce, so plan your trip carefully.

Train Travel
Trains are an excellent way to travel in Scotland and the UK, there are regular services to the principal towns throughout Scotland, again booking early can result in very substantial savings, always remember to ask for the best prices when booking. A young man from Colorado told me the train system here is superb, they are regular, on time and you are able to get to places all over Scotland, much better than the States he said. He had bought a travel pass so all his travel in the UK was by train, unlimited travel. Click on this site and you will find a map of Scotland with all the stations and from there the time tables of the various services.

Ferry Travel.

  If the Scottish islands are part of your travel in Scotland, you will need to use the ferries. The majority of ferries are found on our west coast to the islands and of course at the north to Orkney and Shetland. There are numerous small ferries to all the various islands which are great for exploring the area, whether on bike or walking in perfect peace and seclusion. By clicking on this site you will find the time tables for over 22 islands off Scotland mainland coast land. Just be patient as the map of the islands downloads.

Car Travel.

Car Hire - A popular way to travel in Scotland is by car. A car is perhaps the best mode of transport as you do not have to rely on time tables and restricted routes. You will find many car hire companies all offering different deals. We suggest you shop around and find the package that suits you best. Some car hire companies will not hire cars to people over 75 years old, but others such as Avis and Hertz do. So do not be put off by one company saying No!, as there sure to be others that do.

Car Journeys - There is probably no better way to travel in Scotland than by car. You can get to all the special little places that you cannot reach by Public Transport.  It is very easy to hire cars here. Do your homework before arriving to find the best deals.

Cost of fuel - You can see a lot with one tank of fuel as you travel in Scotland. Fuel here, like most countries is very expensive, more so when compared to many other parts of the world, but distances are shorter. Remember that distances from one place to another are small compared to other parts of the world. Scotland is a small country in world terms.

Motorways and dual carriageways - There are a network of motorways and dual carriageways, which are ideal for your travel in Scotland. The M74 from the English border takes you to Glasgow. Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen are all connected by a motorway and dual carriageway network.

Speed limits - Scotland in common with the rest of the UK, drives on the left hand side of the road. As you travel in Scotland make sure you know the speed limits, maximum speed on motorways and dual carriageways is 70miles per hour, other roads 60 miles per hour, in towns 40, 30 and occasionally 20 miles per hour. Watch out for the speed cameras!

For those of you who plan to bring your own car, or hire a car to travel in Scotland, we provide some approximate travel times to allow you to plan your trip. Our times are based on you driving between the towns at a moderate speed without stopping, and assuming no major hold ups. Please remember to add on time for your own schedule of stops on route.

Glasgow centre to Stirling - 45 to 60 mins
Edinburgh centre to Stirling - 45 to 60 mins
Edinburgh centre to St Andrews - 70 to 90 mins
Stirling to Callander and the Trossachs - 20 to 30mins
Stirling to St Andrews - 100 to 125mins
Edinburgh to Perth, north over the Forth Bridge - 45 to 60 mins
Perth to Pitlochry - 30 to 40 mins
Pitlochry to Inverness - 90 to 110 mins
Pitlochry to St Andrews (via Perth and Dundee) - 90 to 110mins
Pitlochry to Oban (via Aberfeldy) - 135 to 160 mins
Stirling to Oban - 105 to 130 mins
Oban to Inverness - 150 to 180 mins

We hope this all helps you plan your travel in Scotland.

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