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Transport in the Highlands

Trains / Coaches and Buses / Ferries / Air travel / Useful URLs

Traveline Scotland provides information on all types of public transport in Scotland, and can help you plan your route.


First ScotRail provides most of the train services within Scotland and its useful website is an effective resource for travellers.

GNER operates the East Coast Main Line from Inverness and Aberdeen to Glasgow, Edinburgh and on to London.

National Rail Enquiries provides information on fares, routes and timetables for the whole of the UK railway system.

Trainline has train times, ticket booking, and seat reservations for mainland UK trains.

On inter-city journeys, it is often possible to get reductions on fares if you book in advance.

Coaches and Buses

Travel by coach is usually cheaper than by train. Coach companies operating the Highlands include:






CalMac Scottish Island Ferries -Timetable and booking information for CalMac ferries to the Western Isles.

Northlink Ferries for ferry services to Orkney and Shetland

Air Travel

Inverness Airport provides relevant information on all flights from and to Inverness airport.

Highlands and Islands Airports has details of all the airports in the Highlands and Islands.

The following airlines provide service to many Scottish islands:


Highland Airways

British Airways

Useful URLs

Traveline Scotland http://www.travelinescotland.com/

First ScotRailhttp://www.firstgroup.com/scotrail/index.php

GNER http://www.gner.co.uk/GNER

National Rail Enquiries http://ojp1.nationalrail.co.uk/en/pj/jp




Rapsons http://www.rapsons.co.uk/


CalMac Scottish Island Ferrieshttp://www.calmac.co.uk/

Northlink Ferrieshttp://www.northlinkferries.co.uk/

Inverness Airporthttp://www.invernessairport.com/

Highlands and Islands Airportshttp://www.hial.co.uk/


Highland Airwayshttp://www.highlandairways.co.uk/

British Airwayshttp://www.britishairways.com/travel/home/public/en_gb

This page was last updated on 24 November 2006. If you spot any inaccuracies or inconsistency in information, please email us at hief@scvo.org.uk

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