We've spent a few months only dreaming of exploring Scotland, but it's now time to turn these dreams into plans, and book your break to Scotland. With more information now available on what will open and at what stage, it should now be easier to plan your trip to Scotland for this year or next. You can find more information on visiting Scotland during the Covid-19 recovery phases.
Anyone traveling to Scotland from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and certain overseas countries, does not need to quarantine on arrival in Scotland or the rest of the UK. There are a number of countries where you will have to quaratine on arrival, including France, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, the US and Canada.
Everyone who enters the UK will need to:
- Provide your journey and contact details when you travel to the UK.
If you are planning a trip to Scotland in the next few months, stay up-to-date with the latest on travel advice in relation to COVID-19 from your own government, which should outline any travel restrictions in place for affected countries. Please make sure you check with your travel and accommodation providers for confirmed opening dates and book 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
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.