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Travelling Around Scotland

Air Travel within Scotland

Scotland has an excellent internal air network, with scheduled flights within mainland Scotland as well as to Orkney and Shetland and to the Outer Hebrides. Community commuter airports are located on the islands of Barra, Benbecula, Fair Isle, Islay, Tiree, Unst, Orkney (Kirkwall), Shetland (Sumburgh), Lewis (Stornoway) as well as Campbeltown and Wick on the mainland.   There are a wide range of interconnecting flights between each of these and the main hubs.

Most flights are operated by British Airways or Loganair. For inter-island flights in Shetland (excluding Fair Isle), you need to book direct through Loganair. Other services between the mainland and several of the major islands are provided by Highland Airways and Eastern Airways. Loch Lomond Seaplanes also provide a service from Glasgow to several Scottish destinations.
 
British Airways
www.britishairways.co.uk
Loganair
www.loganair.co.uk
Highland Airways
www.highlandairways.co.uk
Eastern Airways
www.easternairways.co.uk
 Loch Lomond Seaplanes
www.lochlomondseaplanes.com

Rail Travel within Scotland

Within Scotland First ScotRail provides an extensive rail network linking over 300 stations, with frequent services all year round. Modern express trains are air conditioned and fast. Three of the world’s most scenic routes are the Inverness-Kyle of Lochalsh line, the Glasgow-Fort William- Mallaig route and the Inverness –Thurso route.

For information and to book call First ScotRail on 08457 55 00 33. If you require assistance because of a mobility impairment, call 0845 605 7021. www.firstscotrail.co.uk


Ferry Travel within Scotland

There are frequent ferry services linking mainland Scotland to Orkney and Shetland in the north and to islands off the west
coast. Most ferries carry vehicles, including all the following:
Ferry Operators:

To west coast islands, from various ports:
Caledonian MacBrayne
Tel: 08705 650000
www.calmac.co.uk 

To Orkney and Shetland, from Aberdeen
and from Scrabster:
Northlink Ferries (Orkney and Shetland)
Tel: 01856 885500
www.northlinkferries.co.uk  

To Orkney, from Gills Bay, near Thurso:
Pentland Ferries
Tel: 01856 831226
www.pentlandferries.co.uk  

Firth of Clyde: To Dunoon from Gourock
Western Ferries
Tel: 01369 704452
www.western-ferries.co.uk

AFerry.co.uk
A ferry price comparison website
Tel: 0844 576 5503
www.aferry.co.uk

 Road Travel within Scotland

Scotland’s roads include an efficient network of motorways and dual carriageways, which allow fast access between Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness. Alternatively, you can opt for the network of quiet, uncrowded roads.  Scotland has a number of companies which offer private coaches and chauffeur-drive limousines for hire; you’ll find several listed under Support Services. The major car rental companies can be found in the cities and at airports.


You will find many different transportation companies under Support Services.