Though we haven't been able to explore our beautiful country for the last few months, nothing has been able to stop us from dreaming about the trips we want to take someday soon! With more information now available on what will open and at what stage, planning a trip within Scotland has moved a step closer. We've got all the information you need on what each phase looks like and at what stage you'll be able to take a local trip or explore further. You can find out more about the current Covid-19 restrictions of Phase 2 and future phases here.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising against all non-essential international travel. This advice does not affect travel from Northern Ireland to Ireland or intra-UK travel, but you should follow respectively the Irish and UK public health guidance if you need to undertake essential travel.

Flights and ferry services continue to operate between Ireland and the UK but will be limited and are subject to change. All arrivals from overseas, including Irish residents, are asked to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

If you are planning a trip to Scotland in the future, please do keep up to date with the latest on travel advice in relation to COVID-19 from the UK and Irish government and please make sure you check with your travel and accommodation providers before travelling. You can get the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Scotland at the Scottish Government website.

Travelling to Scotland from Ireland for a holiday is a breeze - with frequent sailings and flights between major ferry ports and airports, you can board a boat or plane and be here in just a few hours.

Ferries to Scotland from Northern Ireland

Stena Line Cairnryan

Choose one of the regular sailings from the major ports of Belfast and Larne and you'll arrive in Cairnryan in Dumfries & Galloway, around 80 miles south of Glasgow. The port enjoys good road, rail and bus links with Glasgow.

For those looking to come on two feet (or even two wheels), there are seasonal passenger ferries from Ballycastle to the beautiful island of Islay and the port at Campbeltown on the Kintyre Peninsula in Argyll.

  • Belfast to Cairnryan with Stena Line
  • Larne to Cairnryan with P&O Ferries
  • Ballycastle to Port Ellen with Kintyre Express - take a passenger ferry to the island of Islay in Argyll in June, July or August.
  • Ballycastle to Campbeltown with Kintyre Express - reach Campbeltown on Argyll's Kintyre Peninsula by passenger ferry from May - September.

All crossings are between one and two hours, depending on the route and service - so you could even come for a day trip, but we reckon you won't want to leave so soon. Find more routes and ways to travel at Omio.co.uk.

Flights from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to Scotland

Edinburgh Airport at dusk

To Edinburgh

To Glasgow

To Inverness

  • Dublin to Inverness with Loganair
  • Belfast City to Inverness

To Aberdeen

Onward travel

  • Buying a ferry ticket combined with onward rail or coach travel with Stena Line can be cheaper than getting separate tickets for each stage of your journey, and helps to make your travel connections smoother when you get to Scotland.
  • Before you depart the ferry, find your next adventure with Stena Line's Inspire Me route planner.
  • Scotland's airports and ferry terminals have great links to public transport, as well as taxi and car hire services nearby. Find out more about travelling around Scotland.