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Scotland: A Travel Guide: Getting Around

Where to go and what to do in Scotland



Skyscanner is a search engine that allows users to view and compare airline prices from a range of websites simultaneously. With their built-in search features, you can find the best flights for you based on dates, price range, travel times, and more. The above page on their website provides a comprehensive list of the airlines that fly between the United States and Scotland. Use Skyscanner or navigate to the airline websites directly to find the right flight for you.


An easy and cost-effective way to travel across Scotland is by bus or coach. There are local buses in the major cities as well as coach services that can transport you around the country. Visit Scotland is the official website for tourism in Scotland (and you’ll see a lot of links to their website in these resources). Take a look at the page below which provides advice on getting around Scotland by bus or coach, as well as the website for Lothian Buses, the local bus system in Edinburgh. You can view schedules and plan routes as well as view ticket prices and purchase some tickets in advance.

Getting Around Scotland via Bus or Coach

Lothian Buses



Traveling Scotland by rail is one of the most picturesque ways to get from place to place, and it’s fast too! Scotrail is the official rail line of Scotland, with routes all across the country. Visit  Scotrail’s official website to view schedules and routes. Tickets can be purchased directly through the website or at stations once in Scotland.


For those looking for more independence as they travel around the country, think about renting a car to explore at your own pace!


KAYAK is a search engine for finding flights, hotels, and rental cars. Pick your travel dates and compare prices for car rentals easily via the KAYAK website. The search feature is intuitive and KAYAK is a trusted site – if you want to rent a car to get around Scotland, this is where to start!

North Coast 500

When deciding how you want to explore Scotland and whether renting a car is worth it to you, take a look at the official North Coast 500 website. The NC500 is a 516 mile route along the north coast of Scotland that offers breathtaking views and is a popular way to see some of the less visited parts of the country by car. The website offers tips for planning your journey and suggestions for places to visit and things to see along the route.

Cartoon Map of Scotland

Jojo. (n.d.). [Animated graphic of Scotland] [Graphic] RuJo: Beautiful Creative Gifts.