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.

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 with Flybe

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.