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  • A snowy scene as the Caledonian Sleeper at the Pass of Drumochter
    The Caledonian Sleeper at the Pass of Drumochter
  • A car drives along a winding road near Lochinver, Sutherland
    A car touring near Lochinver, Sutherland
  • A Citylink bus service at Nether Lochaber with Loch Linnhe in the background
    A coach at Nether Lochaber, with the Corran Ferry on Loch Linnhe visible beyond
  • 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 want to travel by air, land or sea, reaching the Highlands could not be easier.

By land

By road

The A82 (Glasgow to Fort William and Inverness), the A9 (Stirling to Perth, Aviemore, Inverness and Thurso) and the A96 (Aberdeen to Nairn and Inverness) are the three main roads to and from the Highlands. The area also has three National Tourist Routes (the Highland Tourist Route, the Moray Coastal Route, and the North & West Highlands Route) which offer a leisurely drive through areas of exceptional natural beauty between Aberdeen and Inverness, Inverness and Lairg, and from Ullapool to John O’ Groats respectively. 

Some care is needed when driving in Scotland off the main roads: make sure that you drive safely on single track roads and look out for livestock on rural routes. Some of the more remote areas have fewer petrol stations so make sure to fill up when you can.

If you plan on travelling by bicycle, take a look at our information on cycling in Scotland.

Traffic Scotland  is a great source of up-to-date traffic information, whilst you can also use Transport Direct to plan your route.

Public Transport

For information about all public transport in Scotland, the best place to check for information and timetables is the Traveline site; you can also download their handy mobile app or call them on 0871 200 22 33.

By bus

There are regular coaches to the Highlands from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, plus connections from other towns and cities across the UK.

By rail

Travel by train to the Highlands and you will be treated to spectacular scenery. You can travel to Inverness from towns and cities including Glasgow, Edinburgh or Aberdeen by train, and then join a local train from there. You can also take the Caledonian Sleeper overnight from London to Fort William and Inverness. 

By air

There are several options for flying to the Highlands, the best way to find the most competitive fares for flying around Scotland is to search on comparison sites such as SkyScanner, Travel Supermarket and Cheapflights.

You can fly to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, from across the UK as well as some international airports. Wick Airport receives direct flights from Aberdeen and Edinburgh. For more information take a look at The Highlands and Islands Airports site.

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