Travel by car
From the south, there are excellent motorway links. Routes from the south are the M74 from Carlisle or the A1 from Newcastle. From the north, travel to Stirling via the A9, A90 and A82 main routes. Within the area you’ll discover good main routes and delightful country lanes. To plan your journey try the AA Route Planner or RAC Route Planner. You could spend as long as you like exploring glorious Scotland.
Scotland is a relatively small country so it shouldn’t take you too long to travel between destinations, and there will be lots of great places and attractions to stop and visit. In the cities, you’ll often find 24-hour access at fuel stations. But it’s worth noting that in the countryside, there are fewer fuel stations, so it’s best to keep your vehicle topped up if travelling in remote areas.
National coach services run to many of the larger towns in the area, from where you can link with local services. National Express and Scottish Citylink both offer national services.
There are good mainline rail links to most parts of the area on both the east and west coast lines. These services also link with local bus and ferry timetables. Most rail services within our area are operated by Scotrail. For information on rail services to Scotland try Virgin Trains or Great North Eastern Railways.
There are national and international flights to Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports, both of which are located on the fringes of the area. For flights to Scotland from elsewhere in the UK try Easyjet, Ryanair, British Midland and British Airways. British Airways also offer local connections to Tiree, Islay and Campbeltown.
Car and passenger ferries serve the Scottish west coast islands, as well as many mainland destinations. Ferry services are offered by: Caledonian MacBrayne and Western Ferries.
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