N.B.: The dark blue text above - for Scotrail
etc, includes links, and you can find relevant time tabling information there.
LONG DISTANCE TRAVEL
Cairt na h-Alba/Map of Scotland showing
In some cases, budget services may be available e.g. Aer Arann,
Ryanair, Easyjet & BMI Baby etc. Please check with individual airlines.
The nearest international airport is at Inverness,
which has flights to various London airports, as well as Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow
& Stornoway. From Inverness it is possible to get a rail connection to Kyle of Lochalsh, or buses to Broadford on Skye.
However, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Prestwick* have many more air connections.
(For first time travellers, Prestwick is not to be recommended
due to being quite far from Glasgow and onward connections, but still has cheap flights available. ) It is possible
to get trains from Glasgow to Mallaig, & both Edinburgh and Glasgow to Kyle of Lochalsh (change at Inverness) as
well as buses to Skye itself.
Glasgow airport has services from:
Belfast (x4), Birmingham (x2), Bristol (x2), Cork, Derry, Dublin,
Exeter, Ronaldsway (IOM x2), Leeds, London (numerous), Manchester, Paris, Plymouth, and many others including places
in North America.
Edinburgh airport has services from:
Belfast (City & Intl), Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Cork,
Dublin, Exeter, Galway, Leeds, London (numerous), Manchester, Paris and many others.
Long distance bus & train
Trains from southern & midland England into
Scotland are regular and frequent, and connect well with other services from Kernow and Cymru. (nb: Direct services from Cardiff
to Edinburgh are available.) Normally these go to Edinburgh and Glasgow, but some continue to Inverness and the north. Main
operators are Virgin and GNER.
For "braver" people it is possible to travel into Scotland
by long distance bus. This option is cheap, but strenuous! Buses leave various big English cities for Edinburgh and Glasgow