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How to Get to Scotland

How to get to Scotland by Air

Most transatlantic flights arrive at the Prestwick Airport near Glasgow. There are regular rail connections from Prestwick to Glasgow City Centre that also go on to Edinburgh.

Besides that, a convenient way of getting to Scotland is flying to Heathrow London and then taking the domestic flight to Edinburgh or Glasgow.

The airports at Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness or Kirkwall also have flights coming in from a number of European and English cities.

How to get to Scotland by Rail

Regular trains from London’s King’s Cross station to both Edinburgh and Glasgow will get you to Scotland in about four to five hours. This a relatively quick option, but can be quite expensive, owing to the lack of competition for the state.

How to get to Scotland by Road

By Bus: Regular bus services are operated between London’s Victoria Cross Coach Station and Edinburgh, although the journey is about 9 hours long. Long-distance buses are usually the cheapest method of getting to Scotland, with affordable services like the Slow Coach which runs between Youth Hostels all over Britain and goes as far as Edinburgh.

Taking the night trip by bus is a good idea. You should be able to sleep fairly comfortably, and it is a pretty drive along the English country in the wee hours of the morning. Most coaches also have an in-built toilets and washroom for your convenience.

By Car: Scotland has a pretty good road network, and driving from London to Edinburgh should take you between 9 and 10 hours … a long but scenic and enjoyable ride (so long as the rain gods don’t smile upon you…) The highways leading up to the Scottish border are the A1 route, the M1 and the M6.

How to get to Scotland by Sea

Ferry rides from nearby Ireland are common, such as the ones running from Larne, near Belfast. In summer there is also a weekly ferry from Norway as well as the Danish Faroe Islands to Aberdeen.

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