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Getting to Scotland

There are loads of options for getting to Scotland from other parts of the UK. You could fly from London to Edinburgh in 1 hour 15 minutes, and from Belfast in less than an hour. Airports also serve Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen and more.

Or you could hop on the train. You’ll find plenty of services – including overnight sleeper trains – from London, Manchester, Cardiff and more to various parts of the country.

Driving’s an option too, with the A1 linking London and Edinburgh and the M6 connecting the Midlands to the Scottish border. Or you could take to the seas on the ferry service from Belfast or by visiting Scotland as part of a cruise.

Getting around Scotland

Scotland’s great for a road trip. You’ll have no trouble on major roads, but country roads in the Highlands can be a bit challenging when the weather starts to turn. The North Coast 500 is particularly beautiful, starting and ending at Inverness Castle and running along Scotland’s rugged northern coastline.

There’s no shortgage of stunning rail journeys either. Scotland’s well served by trains, but the one to look out for is the Jacobite steam train running from Fort William to Mallaig along the Glennfinnan Viaduct. You’ll probably recognise it as the Hogwarts Express from the Harry Potter film series.

Feeling active? Opt for one of the country’s countless scenic cycling routes – it’s probably the best way to explore the beauty Scotland has to offer. As long as the rain holds off, anyway.

Buses or taxis will get you where you need to go in major towns and cities. Edinburgh also has a tram service, while trains are all over Glasgow.

If you wanted to get to the Scottish islands from the mainland (and why wouldn’t you?), flights and ferry services are available.


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