Find everything you need to plan your trip to Scotland from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. You can find more information on visiting Scotland during the Covid-19 recovery phases.
WHAT CAN YOU DO RIGHT NOW
Can I visit friends and family in Scotland?
Yes. You can travel to Scotland from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to visit friends and family and can stay overnight.
How many people can I travel with?
From Monday 19 July, all of Scotland will move to Level 0.*
For an overnight stay in accommodation, shared accommodation with up to 8 people from 4 households is permitted. The group and household numbers do not need to include any children under 12.
You can meet people outdoors or enjoy outdoor hospitality - this is limited to 15 people from 15 households, with no physical distancing required within the group. (You should remain one metre away from other groups).
You can also meet people indoors for food & drink, but this is limited to 10 people from 4 households. Pubs and restaurants don't have to ask you to pre-book - though check directly with the venue for their preferences. They can now open until midnight.
See the restrictions for every level and the Covid-19 Protection Levels as a Map.
*With some modifications from the original plan for this level.
Ferries and Flights from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
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
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
- Belfast International to Edinburgh with EasyJet
- Cork to Edinburgh with Aer Lingus
- Dublin to Edinburgh with Ryanair and Aer Lingus
- Derry to Edinburgh with Ryanair
- Shannon to Edinburgh with Aer Lingus
- Belfast International to Glasgow with EasyJet
- Derry to Glasgow with Loganair
- Cork to Glasgow with Aer Lingus
- Donegal to Glasgow with Loganair
- Dublin to Glasgow with Ryanair and Aer Lingus
- Belfast City to Glasgow with Loganair (Commences 4th September 2020)
- Belfast City to Dundee with Loganair (Commences 18th September)
- 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.