Where Is Scotland?

Small but mighty, Scotland’s geography is a huge part of its charm. From wild coastlines to sandy coves, rolling hills, towering Munros, dense forests and sparkling lochs, Scotland is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the British Isles. And with a strategic location near the best of Europe and beyond, it’s the perfect destination for work and play.

Scotland on the map

Scotland is a part of the United Kingdom (UK) and occupies the northern third of Great Britain. Scotland’s mainland shares a border with England to the south. It is home to almost 800 small islands, including the northern isles of Shetland and Orkney, the Hebrides, Arran and Skye.

Scotland’s location is to the mid-west of Europe and is surrounded by several different seas. Located to the east of Scotland is the North Sea, which divides the country from other areas of Europe, in particular Norway and the rest of Scandinavia. Across the North Sea to the south-east is Denmark and further south still is Germany.

North and west of Scotland’s mainland is the Atlantic Ocean. Travelling north from Scotland will eventually bring you to Iceland and Greenland.

To the south-west, across the Irish Sea, is Scotland’s closest neighbouring island of Northern Ireland and Eire.

A stone's throw from the heart of Europe

From Scotland the best of Europe is just a stone’s throw away. Some of the most celebrated major European cities are right on our doorstep, and with excellent links by land, sea and air, travelling to and from overseas or the rest of the UK is convenient for all. 

From our major airports no destination is out of reach. Glasgow, Glasgow Prestwick, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen Airport are served by regional and international airlines, offering excellent links to major European airport hubs like Amsterdam, London, Paris and Frankfurt.