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Take to the skies to witness some of the most amazing views of Scotland’s stunning landscapes. Whether you want to simply take in the scenery from a bird’s eye view or master new skills and become a private pilot, you’ll find that there are great flying schools across many regions offering a range of air-based activities.

If feeling adventurous, you might wish to glide down a mountain or try microlighting across glens and valleys. You can be accompanied by a pilot to show you the sights or, if you are keen to get a bit more hands-on, why not get some tuition from a qualified instructor and take control at the cockpit?

For something a bit more relaxed, without worrying about training or techniques, you might want to float across the skies in a magnificent hot air balloon ride, take in the scenery on a helicopter tour or book a seaplane trip, taking off and landing on the water. Whatever you choose, your airborne experience in Scotland will be unforgettable.

  • A glider passes over countryside around Portmahomack on the south shore of the Dornoch Firth, Ross & Cromary, Highlands.
    A glider passing over countryside around Portmahomack on the south shore of the Dornoch Firth, Ross & Cromary, Highlands.
  • A hot air balloon flying near Aviemore with the Cairngorms in the distance.
    A hot air balloon flying near Aviemore with the Cairngorms in the distance.
A view from inside a glider soaring above countryside around Portmahomack in Ross & Cromary, Highlands.

Flying schools

For a really unique way of seeing the best of Scotland, why not take to the skies? Find out more about flying schools, gliding and microlighting in different regions across the country.

Looking up to a hot air balloon framed against the sky, above Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Hot air ballooning

Have you been inspired by our television adverts and want to try hot air ballooning when you come to Scotland? Read on to find out more.