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Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 ››

Discover the talent across Scotland this year with YIAD 2016.

In Scotland, travelling to the main tourist destinations is straight-forward and with careful planning, more remote areas are readily accessible too.

Scotland’s road and rail transport network is modern and efficient, with a variety of options available for getting from A to B. Public transport provides trains and bus services to Scotland’s towns and cities as well as many villages and ferry ports. Access to very remote areas and islands is straightforward by car, ferries and aeroplanes.  

  • The sillhouette of the rail bridge against the purple sky and sea at sunset
    Forth Rail Bridge from South Queenferry, Edinburgh and the Lothians
  • A couple of cycle tourers pose with golden grass, a loch and imposing mountains behind them
    Enroute between Inveraray and Dalmally, Argyll
  • A Citylink bus drives past a stretch of water, with trees, hills and stormy clouds in the background
    Citylink bus service, passing the Corran Ferry, enroute to Fort William
  • A ferry sails past a small green island towards an atmospheric fog
    Caledonian MacBrayne ferry MV Lord of the Isles departing Oban bay, Argyll
A campervan passing Traigh Iar beach near Horgabost, Harris, Outer Hebrides

By car

Travel around Scotland by car, caravan or campervan to enjoy the country at your own pace

A train sits by the platform which has a row of ornate columns on it at a redbrick station

By train

Plan a train journey in Scotland, where the scenic train routes are amongst the best in the world.

A white bus drives through a square in Helensburgh, with a church in the background.

By coach

Buses serve major towns and cities, many villages and some more remote areas. See discount fares and booking options.

A large ferry viewed as it approaches port

By ferry

Scotland has almost 100 inhabited islands, most with scheduled ferry links. Plan your journey using timetables, routes and discount ticket information.

Two cars driving along the A82 Road as its skirts the edge of Loch Lomond


Find airport transfers, car, caravan and motorbike hire, and much more for your travel needs.

Read more about travelling around Scotland

By plane

Find out about and book plane flights around Scotland, from major airports to regional and island flights.

By bike

Read our advice on routes, bike hire, accommodation, and taking bicycles on public transport.

Scotland’s National Tourist Routes

These 12 routes are an excellent way to explore the country, passing a variety of attractions on the way.