Driving is a great way to see Scotland and we have an extensive road network that makes it easy to get around the country. However, if you're planning on driving while you're in Scotland, then there are a few things you should know to keep yourself, and everyone else, safe!

First thing's first, in Scotland, just like the rest of the UK, we drive on the left hand side of the road!

We also know how important getting to your destination is, but we take road safety very seriously and have strict speed limits in place. These speeds will vary depending on what type of road you're on, but you'll find that the correct speed will be clearly signposted.

As well as major motorways that make inter-city travel quick and easy, we also have 12 National Tourist Routes and the North Coast 500, which can be explored with VisitScotland's Road Trips guide. These alternative driving routes might take you a little longer to get where you're going, but they will take you through some of Scotland's most awe-inspiring scenery. 

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Scotland is serviced by several international airports that make it easier than ever to get into or out of Scotland. With connections to most major destinations around the world we're able to welcome tens of millions of people every year.

We also have regular services that run in and out of major business hubs like London and Frankfurt. With London only an hour away and Frankfurt only 90 minutes, it's easier than ever to make that all important meeting.

Flying is also a great option if you are short on time, or heading to islands such as the Outer Hebrides, Orkney or Shetland. Scenic tours from the air are also available if you want to see Scotland from above.

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We're home to an extensive and well-developed rail network that not only serves cross-country links throughout Scotland but also regular connections to the rest of the UK as well. Most of our trains are also equipped with Wi-Fi, which means that whether you're commuting for work and need to check emails, or are off on an adventure and want to share your pics online, we've got you covered.

Scotland is also home to some of the world’s most scenic railway lines, so travelling by train is more than a transport option, it’s an experience in itself! Purchase your preferred ticket type, step on board, and enjoy the view.

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Bus and coach

It's estimated that 95% of the population of Scotland live within a five minute walk of a bus stop, meaning it's easy to get where you need to go in a quick and affordable way.

Many of our inner-city bus services can get you across town faster than any other transport method thanks to a series of dedicated bus lanes. As well as that we have several dedicated cross-country coach companies that can take the stress out of travelling around the country. Let someone else navigate the roads as you sit back, relax and plan your adventure.

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There really is nothing quite like seeing your destination on the horizon, and approaching the spectacular island or tucked-away peninsula by ferry. Both passenger and car ferries operate in Scotland, and larger islands are often served by a number of routes.

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