How to Get to the Scottish Highlands

The Highlands in Scotland has some of the most remote and sparsely populated parts of the United Kingdom. A spectacular region of wilderness and rugged beauty, it’s the ultimate destination for those looking to escape life in the city. But despite the remote location, getting to and around the region is very easy for vacationers. Here’s a guide on how to get to the Scottish Highlands from just about anywhere.

Getting to the Highlands by Train

One of the best ways to get to the Scottish Highlands for people already in the UK is by rail. If you’re enjoying a vacation in London, there’s a fantastic Sleeper Train that sets off from London Euston and takes you across Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Fort William, Glasgow, Inverness, Dundee, St. Andrews, Aviemore, Perth, Stirling and Gleneagles. It has a number of seating or room options to suit your budget and make your overnight journey as comfortable as possible.

Edinburgh train station

Within Scotland, there are trains that can get you to parts of the Highlands in a matter of hours. For instance, the train from Edinburgh to Aviemore is around 2 hours 40 minutes, Glasgow to Fort William is around 3 hours 50 minutes, or Glasgow to Mallaig (where the ferry port is for exploring the Isles) is 5 hours 30 minutes.

Flying to the Highlands

If you are flying into the UK, there are a number of airports you can go to. The Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow Prestwick and Inverness airports serve 150 international destinations. Flying directly into Inverness is the easiest way into the Highlands if you plan on staying in and around the city. As the region’s capital city, there are plenty of attractions. You will also be close to the famous Malt Whisky Trail, accessible from the A9 and A95 trunk roads.

Inverness Airport is also just 1 hour 50 minutes from our base near Fort William, where our luxury lodge and estate is located. Fort William is a popular starting point for vacationers as it’s coined as the “Gateway to the Highlands”, giving you easy access to some of the best walks, lochs and sights around.

From Glasgow Airport, you can get to Fort William in 2 hours 20 minutes. Or from Edinburgh Airport, we are just a bit further at 2 hours 50 minutes.

Getting Here by Car

Despite being such a remote area, there’s an excellent road network that will take you across the entire Highlands region. This can also be one of the best ways to take in the breathtaking views, particularly on roads such as the A82 (Glencoe Pass). This route takes you from Glasgow through Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, Fort William, Fort Augustus and to Inverness.

If you plan on heading far north, the North Coast 500 is a great road to travel on. This is Scotland’s answer to Route 66 and is one of the country’s most iconic road trips. It follows a sweeping loop around the whole northern tip of Scotland, all the way to John O’Groats.


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