Driving to the West Coast of Scotland is not your only option – by train, plane or coach can be relaxing and economic ways to travel. European visitors can take the ferry – with or without a car.
Why not bring your bicycle and enjoying a cycle touring holiday second to none? Check with train operators and airlines for their charges and restrictions, but cycles are carried for free on many of the UK’s trains.
Driving to the West Coast of Scotland will take around nine hours from London, or fewer than six from Manchester.
Once you’re here you’ll enjoy the delights of single-track roads, where sheep far outnumber vehicles. Keep your camera handy for the breathtaking views along the way. (And remember that, while we’re not short on wilderness, petrol stations can be a bit thin on the ground, so don’t let your tank run dry!)
Book in advance and enjoy discounted rates on Scotland’s awe-inspiring railways. Built by the Victorians, who knew a thing or two about civil engineering, the routes cover some of the most beautiful and remote stretches of countryside.
You can get from London to Glasgow on Virgin trains or, for the true romantic, why not book one of Scotrail’s Caledonian Sleepers? Go to bed in London and wake up in the heart of Scotland!
Take one of the many flights to Glasgow and you’re in an ideal place to begin your holiday. Either hire a car or take the train from here to your destination.
Options for arriving by ferry from the European mainland include:
Zeebrugge to Rosyth near Edinburgh with Superfast Ferries
Rotterdam to Hull, England with P&O Ferries
Hook Van Holland to Harwich, England with Stena Line
Amsterdam to Newcastle, England with DFDS Seaways
Once you’re here, you can enjoy island hopping on one of the famous Caledonian MacBrayne ferries. Calmac offers discounted ‘hopscotch’ tickets to those who want to explore.