Inverness is the main hub of the Scottish Highlands. The city is well-connected with major cities in the UK and Europe, but there are good rail and bus links with smaller Highland cities and towns including Fort William, Aviemore, Oban and Skye.
If you’re traveling from overseas, the closest airport to fly into is Glasgow International Airport (GLA) or Edinburgh International Airport (EDI). From here, you can hire a car, catch a bus or take a train to the Highlands.
Getting around the Scottish Highlands
Driving is the best way to get around the Highlands and explore at your own pace. Don’t worry if you don't have a car or aren’t keen on driving, as the main sights are also well-serviced by public transport.
ScotRail operates trains between the Highlands' biggest cities including Inverness, Aviemore and Fort William, as well as smaller towns in the region. If trains aren’t available for where you want to go, chances are you can take a local bus or coach with Stagecoach, Scottish Citylink or the National Express.
If you’re planning on getting around mostly by train, it might be worth getting the Highland Rover Pass, which gives you four days of unlimited travel in the Highlands over eight consecutive days for £95. The pass also includes ferry travel to Skye and other islands in the Hebrides.
Traveling by coach is probably the cheapest option. Sure, it’s a little slower than taking a train or driving, but it’s affordable and comfortable. The most popular bus companies are Stagecoach and Scottish Citylink. Stagecoach services more remote destinations, while Scottish Citylink services the main tourist hubs including Fort William, Inverness, Skye and Oban.
If you’re traveling to the Skye, the Orkney Islands or other islands in the Inner and Outer Hebrides, you'll need to take a ferry. Popular ferry companies include NorthLink Ferries (for travel between mainland Scotland, Orkney Islands and the Shetland Islands) and CalMac (for travel between mainland Scotland and destinations in the Inner and Outer Hebrides).
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