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  • A car drives along a winding road near Lochinver, Sutherland
    A car touring near Lochinver, Sutherland
  • The Corran Ferry approaching Corran after sailing from Ardgour, Lochaber District
    The Corran Ferry approaching Corran after sailing from Ardgour, Lochaber District
  • Two cyclists look at the stunning view of the castle, which is sitting on an island in a loch, as they cycle up hill
    Passing Castle Stalker at Appin, en-route to Oban and Fort William
  • A sign for the Highland Tourist Route to Aberdeen on the way from Inverness
    Drive along the picturesque Highland Tourist Route to Aberdeen
  • A train departing Strathcarron railway station on the Kyle Line, by Loch Carron
    A train departs from Strathcarron railway station

Whether you are travelling by car, coach, train or ferry the Highlands is a pleasure to explore.

By land and sea

By road

A good road network exists throughout the Highlands. The region covers a vast area but most parts are accessible by car and bicycle.

Check out Traffic Scotland for up-to-date traffic information and you can plan your route with Transport Direct.

Public Transport

You can access the latest information and timetables via Traveline, who also have a handy mobile app. They can also be contacted on 0871 200 22 33.

By bus

There are an excellent network of local bus services that operate between many of the main towns and villages and over to the Isle of Skye. Postbuses also carry fare-paying passengers in rural areas where there is no other form of public transport.

For more information see Stagecoach.

By rail

ScotRail, Scotland's main rail operator, runs regular daily services throughout the towns and villages of the Highlands.

For a truly memorable trip, take the train from Fort William to Mallaig, a route that is widely regarded as one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world. This route – which you can do by steam train in the summer - also takes you across the magnificent sweeping viaduct at Glenfinnan which appears in the Harry Potter films.

You can also enjoy The Whisky Line, Britain's most northerly heritage railway - a unique seasonal route that covers the 11-mile stretch between Keith and Dufftown, the 'Malt Whisky Capital'.

By taxi

There are many taxi companies in the Highlands that provide a quality, reliable and efficient pre-booked service. This is an excellent way to make the most of your visit where you can explore the area in a hassle-free way without having to drive while you are on holiday.

By Ferry

Both Caledonian MacBrayne and the small Glenelg-Skye ferry operate car and passenger services to the region’s west coast islands. 

You can visit the northern islands from the Highlands with NorthLink Ferries and Pentland Ferries operate car and passenger services from Scrabster (near Thurso) and Gills Bay over to Orkney. In addition, John o' Groats Ferries offers passenger-only services to Orkney.

Tours

Why not sit back, relax and let a knowledgeable guide show you around this wonderful region? There are a wide variety of tours available in the Highlands with operators offering everything from wildlife and heritage tours to adventure boat trips.

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