Getting to Scotland
This section lets you link to the most helpful web sites for the main modes of travel for arrival in Scotland. Visit Scotland have a comprehensive range of incoiming servces on their incoming services page.
By Air - International flights mostly arrive at Glasgow International, Glasgow Prestwick, or Edinburgh airports. Some flights also arrive at Aberdeen and Inverness Airports.
Direct Transatlantic Flights are operated by: -
Delta Airlines from (New York to Edinburgh)
Continental, (New York to Glasgow and Edinburgh)
Globespan, (Orlando, Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary to Glasgow)
Virgin Atlantic (Orlando to Glasgow)
US Airways (Philadelphia to Glasgow)
Air Transat (Toronto to Glasgow)
Most other flights from outside Europe include stops at London, Amsterdam or Reykjavik, operated by the big international carriers, like BA, KLM, and Icelandair.
From Europe and the rest of the UK, there are direct scheduled flights to all the main Scottish airports from most European countries. Here are links to the pages listing the destinations and flight operators for each airport: -
Glasgow International Airport (from most European countries and UK regions) - shuttle buses (frequent - average £5.00 per person) run to Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street rail stations. Average taxi price about £18.00 per journey.
Edinburgh Airport (from most European countries and UK regions). - shuttle buses (frequent - average £5.00 per person) run to Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket rail stations. Average taxi price about £18.00 per journey.
Glasgow Prestwick Airport (including Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Oslo, Gothenburg, Paris and Warsaw).
Aberdeen Airport (Including London, Amsterdam, Bergen, Copnhagen, Esbjerg, Groningen, Stavanger, Paris, Dublin, Belfast, Birmingham, Manchester, Southampton, Bristol, and Exeter)
Inverness Airport (including, London, Dublin, Belfast, Dublin, Bristol, and Liverpool)
By Rail - The UK national rail network has fast mainline services running from England to Glasgow, Edinburgh and onwards to Stirling, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness, and Mallaig. The following sites have timetables, journey planners and online booking facilities: -
National Rail Network
By Bus - The following companies run bus services throughout the United Kingdom: -
Megabus (Budget Service)
By Ferry - The following are links to various ferry services running to Scotland from the rest of the UK and Europe: -
Stenaline - Belfast to Stranraer (for Southern Upland Way)
P&O - Larne to Cairnryan and Troon
P&O - Zeebrugge to Hull (only 200 miles from Scottish border
DFDS Seaways - Amsterdam to Newcastle (only 120 miles from Edinburgh)
Travel Within Scotland
This section takes you to links to help you travel within Scotland to the start and from the finish of our walks.
General - Travelline Scotland is a good comprehensive site for all forms of transport througout Scotland. It includes timetables and journey planners.
Road Travel - For travel directions and information, the Automobile Association (the AA), have excellent maps and route planners.
Rail Travel - All major train services are managed by First Scotrail. All timetables, prices and ticket types are available on their website. Other sites where you can plan and book rail travel are The Trainline and the National (UK) Rail Network.
Bus Travel - Scottish Citylink provides good bus services between all the major cities, as well as smaller towns, including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, Fort William, Perth, Pitlochry, Mallaig and the Isle of Skye. Stagecoach also run services between some cities (including from Inverness to Aberdeen via Speyside) and many smaller towns. Rapsons provide services covering the rural highlands north of the Great Glen. Otherwise, services are provided by a mixture of local authorities and private operators. For local timetables, refer to the links for each separate walk, set out below.
The West Highland Way - The start of the walk is at Milngavie. To get there you would normally travel to Glasgow (see opposite). From Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central railway stations, there are frequent trains to Milngavie. For timetables, visit the First Scotrail site. The finish is at Fort William. There is a regular rail service to Glasgow, and onwards to Edinburgh and the south (see First Scotrail site), and bus services to all the main Scottish towns (see Scottish Citylink web site). Some buses run directly to Glasgow Airport.
The Great Glen Way - The start of the walk is at Fort William. There is a regular rail service from Glasgow, (see First Scotrail site), and bus services from all the main Scottish towns (see Scottish Citylink web site). Some buses run directly from Glasgow Airport. The finish of the walk is at Inverness. The main train service runs south to Stirling and Edinburgh, and it is also easy to travel onwards to Glasgow and the south (service by First Scotrail). Scottish Citylink run services to most major Scottish towns.
The Southern Upland Way - The start of the walk is at Portpatrick. Portpatrick is a short taxi ride (about £15.00 per trip) or a bus ride (link to timetable) from Stranraer. You can get to Stranraer on the ferry from Ireland (Belfast - Stranraer or Larne - Cairnryan). Trains run from Newcastle and Carlisle, from Glasgow, and from Glasgow Prestwick Airport (see First Scotrail timetable). Buses run from Glasgow (Scottish Citylink), Dumfries (see timetables), and from Carlisle and the south (run by National Express).
The end of the walk is at Cockburnspath, but there is no accommodation there, so we normally arrange for you to stay at one of the nearby coastal villages, such as Dunbar, Eyemouth or St Abbs. These can all be reached in about 15 minutes by the regular local bus service run by Perrymans (no online timetable - please contact us at Make Tracks for up to date timetable). This service also goes to Berwick (less than one hour) and Edinburgh (about 80 minutes), from where there are good train services to all parts of the UK.
Some people split the walk into stages. The most popular start and finish points are Sanquhar, Moffat (by Beattock), and Innerleithen (by Traquair). Sanquhar can be reached by train from Glasgow, Carlisle, Newcastle and the south (see First Scotrail timetable). Buses run there from Dumfries and Ayr (see timetable). Moffat has bus services from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Carlisle (see timetables). Innerleithen is reached by bus from Edinburgh (service no. 62).
Speyside Way - The walk starts at Buckie. This is easiest to reach from either Aberdeen or Inverness (get there by train - First Scotrail, or by bus - Scottish Citylink). Stagecoach run buses between Inverness and Aberdeen via Buckie (see timetables). Alternatively, take a train all the way to Keith or Elgin, then take a local bus to Buckie (see timetable). The end of the walk is at Aviemore. From there, trains (First Scotrail), and buses (Scottish Cityllink), run to Glasgow, Edinburgh and the south, or north to Inverness.
Mallaig, Skye and the Islands - Mallaig and Morar are on the national rail network. Get there from Glasgow and the south via Fort William. The sleeper from London is a particularly good way to get there (see First Scotrail Timetable). From Mallaig, Calmac run ferries to Armadale on Skye. Ferries are met by the local bus run by Rapsons to Portree and Broadford. Scottish Citylink run services direct from Glasgow and Edinburgh to Portree and Broadford.
St Cuthbert's Way - The walk starts at Melrose, where thereis no train service. Get there by bus from Edinburgh (see timetable) or Berwick (see timetable). The walk finishes at Holy Island (Lindisfarne). The island is tidal, and is isolated from the mainland twice daily. The bus service from the island is erratic, and we recommend taking a taxi to Berwick (we can arrange this for about £20.00 total). From Berwick, there are good train services all around th e UK.
The Cateran Trail - The start and finish of the walk is at Blairgowrie. The nearest mainline rail stations are at Perth and Dundee. From Perth, Stagecoach run service nos. 57 (timetable) and 58 (timetable). The journey takes about 40 minutes. From Dundee, service no. 57 (timetable), also runs to Blairgowrie, taking about an hour.
Borders Abbeys Way - From Edinburgh, there is a regular bus service run by Firstgroup to Melrose (see timetable). Firstgroup also run services to the other Borders towns.
Rob Roy Circuit / Ramble - The start and finish points for the Rob Roy Circuit and Ramble is Callander. The nearest big town is Stirling, on the main rail network, and only 30 minutes by train or bus from Glasgow or Edinburgh. At Stirling, the bus stance is right next to the railway station. From here, Firstbus service no. 59 takes about 45 minutes to reach Callander (see timetable). There are additional buses, some of which run on Sundays, and quite late daily (see the Travelline Scotland web site and use the journey planner).
Rob Roy Way - This starts at Drymen. Firstbus run an infrequent direct service from Glasgow city centre to Drymen (see timetable). The same service is more frequent from Milngavie, and there is a frequent train service from the centre of Glasgow to Milngavie (see timetable). The end of the walk is at Pitlochry. This is on the Highland Line railway from Inverness to Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow (see timetable), and is also served by Citylink buses to Edinburgh, Glasgow and the south.