6 ways to travel in Scotland without a car | visit scotland (2023)

Planning to explore more of Scotland's remote locations but don't have a car? Don't worry! Our country is well connected with railways, ferries, cycle paths and walking routes to keep you well connected so you don't miss out on any fun. Whether you're visiting Scotland for the first time or coming back for more, we've put together a comprehensive list of ways you can travel around Scotland without a car.

Take the train and soak in the views.

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Window view of the Far North line route © @luikast

Sometimes it's nice to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride! In Scotland we are spoiled for choice when it comes to rail routes. Major train operators including ScotRail, LNER and Lumo serve many cities and regional destinations across the country, so leaving the car behind is really easy!

north end line

Want to see whiskey distilleries, grand castles and some of Scotland's best salmon fishing rivers? If so, we think this train trip will be perfect for you! Take the Waverley train from Edinburgh to Inverness in around 4 hours.

During your journey you will head north through Ross and Cromarty, bound for Sutherland and Caithness beyond. From your window, you'll have panoramic views of Skibo and Carbisdale Castle, see many whiskey distilleries including Glenmorangie and Balblair, and marvel at the vast expanse of Flow Country, one of the RSPB's prized peat bog habitats. Whether you choose to make your base in Thurso and explore by taking the short bus journey to John O'Groats or taking the ferry to Orkney, the north of Scotland is full of exciting possibilities.

More information about the Far North Line

border railway

Operated by ScotRail, enjoy a scenic journey to the Scottish borders. Take the train from Waverley in Edinburgh, where you'll head south past old mining towns like Newtongrange, home to the Scottish Mining Museum, or stop at Galashiels and discover the long history of textiles. The total journey takes less than an hour to where the train ends at Tweedbank, a perfect opportunity to explore the beautiful nearby town of Melrose or visit Abbotsford, the home of renowned Scottish author Sir Walter Scott.

Learn more about the Fronteira Railway

The Caledonian Sleeper

When it comes to traveling in style, we've got you covered! Head to the land of attraction and drift overnight to a magical Scottish destination the next morning. Running six days a week, Sunday to Friday, catch the train from London Euston and choose from a fabulous selection of destinations to visit, including Edinburgh, Fort William, Glasgow, Inverness and Aberdeen. End the evening with a drink in the Club Car where you can sample a selection of gins and Scotch whiskeys with snacks available if you get hungry. There are a variety of rooms available on board that you can reserve up to 12 months in advance, so book early to secure your stateroom.

Learn more about the Caledonian Sleeper

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Travel the most beautiful routes on two wheels

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A bicycle fitted with a child seat is parked on the Isle of Cumbrae with panoramic views behind

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Change the four wheels for two and pedal as you please. From rolling hills, mysterious forests and stunning coastal paths, Scotland truly sets the stage for a magical bike ride. It's a great way to stay active and with plenty of cycling routes to choose from, you'll never run out of ideas for your next cycling adventure.

Five Ferries Cycle Path

Sail CalMac Ferries on an unforgettable island hopping adventure. Whether you're a cycling enthusiast or a beginner, you'll get to know the Clyde coastline and the Cowal and Kintyre peninsulas, all of which provide stunning views for your cycling tour.

Start in Brodick and cycle to Lochranza. Then take the ferry to Claonaig on the Kintyre Peninsula and hop on your bike to cycle to Tarbert, where you'll catch the ferry to Portavadie on the Cowal Peninsula. Get off the ferry and head northeast to Tignabruaich, on the other side of the peninsula. You'll tackle everything from flats, ups and downs to the relatively flat road to Colintraive for the next ferry to Rhubodach.

Take the gentle route from Rhubodach to Rothesay and replenish your energy levels before the final leg of the journey. If you are up for the challenge then gear up and hop on the ferry from Rothesay to Wemyss Bay and take this tough but rewarding bike ride.

Some routes operate on an arrival/departure basis, but we recommend that you book your ferry tickets in advance whenever possible so you don't miss out.

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Scotland's Coast to Coast Cycle Route

This 126-mile route begins in the west at the Solway Firth seaside town of Annan and ends in the east at the Forth Road Bridge near Edinburgh. It takes around 3-7 days to complete and we recommend road, hybrid or MTB bikes along this route.

Learn more about Scotland's coast-to-coast cycle path

West Loch Lomond Cycleway

Explore the beautiful shores of Loch Lomond by bike. The 28 km route connects Balloch with Tarbert and offers stunning views towards the islands of Loch Lomond and Ben Lemond. The bike path is mostly flat and smooth, making it suitable for all fitness levels. Electric and non-electric bicycles can also be used along this cycle path.

More information about the West Loch Lomond Cycle Path

NCN 754 - The Union Forth & Clyde Canals

Escape the traffic and cycle at a leisurely pace through central Scotland. Starting at Fountainbridge in Edinburgh, cycle along the quiet towpath past the towns of Broxburn, Linlithgow and Falkirk and see the Forth & Clyde canal up close on the Falkirk Wheel. Continue your journey through Kirkintilloch, the northern suburbs of Glasgow and the city of Clydebank before finishing at Bowling Basin, where the canal joins the River Clyde. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled, you might be lucky enough to spot a variety of wildlife in the area, including swans, kingfishers, river otters, and more.

Find out more about The Union Forth & Clyde Canals Cycle Path

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River Tay Way

Following NCN 7 and 77, start your journey in Kenmore and continue to Perth. Your final stop will take you to the V&A Dundee, Scotland's first design museum and is free to visit. What could not be loved?

Learn about the River Tay Path

The five

Coig, meaning Gaelic for five, is a series of tourist routes that run through Ayrshire, Arran, Bute and Cumbrae and help showcase Scotland's natural beauty, history, heritage, food and drink. Get off the bike and choose the route that you like best. Discover Ayrshire's cultural heritage, visit the wildlife paradise of Arran and sample delicious local produce, or will you love the maritime wonders of Cumbrae?

Learn more about Coig

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Go underground with the Glasgow Underground

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Hillhead Metro © VisitScotland / Luigi Di Pasquale

There is more to Glasgow than meets the eye. This underground light rail system has been in operation since 1896 and is a great way to get around downtown and the West End of the city. Operating 7 days a week, the tube has 15 stations in total, eight north of the River Clyde and seven south. All trains stop at all stations with clockwise and counterclockwise lines. Do you fancy a fun day? The Glasgow Underground has a variety ofexplorer trailsto help you find your way around the city.

Book your metro tickets today

Enjoy the outdoors with our walking trails

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Loch Achray para Ben Lugar © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins

Scotland was made for walking. Get ready to dust off your hiking boots and discover the beautiful landscapes of the country, alone or with friends and family. From gentle forest hikes for beginners to epic long-distance trails for the more experienced, there are hikes for every type of outdoor enthusiast.

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Corte Greenock, Inverclyde

Take the train from Glasgow Central and stop at Drumfrochar Station, which is a 5-minute walk from Greenock Cut. This historic aqueduct once supplied Greenock's industries with water and is now a peaceful walk enjoyed by many. Highlights include stunning views across the Firth of Clyde towards the Highlands.

More information about Greenock cut

Helensburgh and Rhu Explorer

Take the bus or train to Helensburgh and explore the Helensburgh and Rhu route. Start at the Hill House car park and enjoy a walk along the forest paths. On a clear day you can take in the beautiful views of the Firth of Clyde with plenty of benches along the way to admire the coastline and of course rest your legs!

Find out more about the Helensburgh and Rhu Explorer

The route of the Trossachs

Put on your shoes and discover the natural beauty of the Trossachs. There are many tours to choose from, all with different ratings. If you're just starting out, do the Brenachoile trail. This route takes just under 2 hours to complete and starts at Trossachs Pier Car Park. Venture through an ancient forest before reaching Brenachoile Point and be rewarded with stunning views of the lake and Ben Venue. Enjoy a lunch with a view and pack a picnic for a tasty post-hike reward.

More information about the Route of the Trossachs

The Scottish National Trail

Conceived by outdoor hiker Cameron McNeish, this 864-kilometre walking trail is a great way to see the country in all its glory. Starting at Kirk Yetholm on the Scottish borders, the route extends to Cape Wrath, the most north-western point of mainland Britain. Be sure to bring a good sturdy pair of hiking boots, as the route becomes more difficult the further north you travel. The route can take approximately 2 months to complete in its entirety, but can be divided into sections combining several routes, including St Cuthbert's Way, Southern Upland Way, Forth and Clyde Canal Pathway, West Highland Way, Rob Roy Way and the Cape Trail of wrath.

More information on the Scottish National Trail

Cateran road

If you're planning a walking holiday in Scotland, be sure to add this one to your list. Immerse yourself in Perthshire and Angus Glens along the 103km loop route, which takes 4-5 days to complete. Starting and ending in Blairgowrie, there are bus connections to get there from Perth and Dundee at the start of the route. Alternatively, if you're short on time, you can take the Minitrail, which follows the northern part of the main trail, starting at Kirkmichael to reach Lair and returning off-road from Lair to Kirkmichael.

More information about the Cateran Route

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All aboard ferries from Scotland

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Transbordadores NorthLink © Ferries NorthLink

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Find out what life on a Scottish island is really like. With regular crossings operated by the CalMac and NorthLink ferries, crossing the Scottish Isles has never been easier. Upon arrival, you'll find everything from incredible historical and heritage attractions, extensive walking and biking trails, and delicious food and drink.

Oban para Castlebay

Operating 7 days a week in summer and 5 days a week in winter, travel with CalMac's ferries on the scenic route from Oban to Castlebay. You can also travel from Castlebay through the island chain and across the mainland by booking Island Hopscotch tickets, an added bonus if you're looking for a cheaper way to travel and explore more islands.

More information on the Oban to Castlebay ferry route

Stromness para Scrabster

Embark on an island adventure with NorthLink Ferries. Taking just over 90 minutes, this ferry journey is a great introduction to Orkney, departing from Scrabster near Thurso on the north Highland coast to Stromness in Orkney. Get ready to travel through the choppy waters and glimpse spectacular cliffs and the famous Old Man of Hoy.

More information on the ferry route from Stromness to Scrabster

Wemyss Bay to Bute

Discover the Isle of Bute, Scotland's most accessible route, where you can visit Mount Stuart, one of the UK's finest Victorian mansions, marvel at the Bronze Age stone circle or see seals. Just over 30 miles from Glasgow, catch a direct train from Glasgow Central Station and board the ferry from Wemyss Bay Ferry Terminal on the mainland, which takes just 35 minutes to reach the island.

More information on the Wemyss Bay to Bute ferry route

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Avoid the crowds and enjoy your own personalized or private tour.

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A Highland cow near the tour operator's HAGGiS Adventures tour bus © @haggistours

Exploring at your own pace can be a fun way to see Scotland's sights, but with so many to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to start. Why not make things easy and book your own personalized or private tour? There are a wide range of tour operators across the country and with our friendly and knowledgeable tour guides you can see the most popular attractions with some hidden gems along the way, customized just for you. Enjoy Scotland's national drink on a whiskey tour withTailor-made Scottish tours in Bracklinn, take a round of golf and play some of Scotland's most prestigious courses withPrivate tours tailored to clan membersor research your ancestry and learn about Scotland's clan history withhaggis adventures.

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FAQs

6 ways to travel in Scotland without a car | visit scotland? ›

Using The Train To Travel Scotland

The fastest way to get around Scotland without a car is certainly by train. Scotland has an excellent rail service which spreads across a large amount of the country and delivers a very quick and direct service – often getting travellers to their destination even faster than by car.

How do you get around Scotland without a car? ›

Using The Train To Travel Scotland

The fastest way to get around Scotland without a car is certainly by train. Scotland has an excellent rail service which spreads across a large amount of the country and delivers a very quick and direct service – often getting travellers to their destination even faster than by car.

What are the best ways to travel around Scotland? ›

Public transport provides trains and bus services to Scottish towns and cities as well as many villages and ferry ports. Access to very remote areas and islands is straightforward by car, ferry and aeroplane.

Is it hard to get around Scotland without a car? ›

It's surprisingly easy – and cheap – to get around Scotland without a car thanks to the rail network operated by ScotRail and the inter-city bus services run by Citylink and Megabus.

How do you travel around Scotland on public transport? ›

Local bus services, express coaches, national rail services, ferries, Glasgow subway and Edinburgh tram routes together make up Scotland's public transport network. You can find information about all of these modes of transport on Traveline Scotland.

What is the most common form of transportation in Scotland? ›

Scotland is covered by a large bus network throughout many towns, cities and rural areas. It is estimated that 95% of the population live within 5 minutes walk of a bus stop.

Can you travel by train in Scotland? ›

Scotland is an ideal country to explore by rail, with great places to visit, sights to see and things to do. There are rail routes notable for their exceptional beauty and grandeur, and fast, modern lines to deliver you to some of the very best in events and family entertainment.

How many days is enough for Scotland? ›

We recommend you allow 9 - 10 days in Scotland for a satisfying tour of the country's diverse scenery and history. A 10 day itinerary, such as the Best of Scotland tour plan, would let you spend: 2 days in Edinburgh walking the historical streets and enjoying the cosmopolitan buzz.

What is the cheapest way to travel to Scotland? ›

There are many factors which can affect the price of travelling around Scotland, from the time of year to how far in advance you book tickets. However, two of the cheapest ways to explore more than one part of the country are by train and by small group tour.

What is the most scenic train route in Scotland? ›

West Highland Line

The West Highlands have their own unique feel, famed for their fresh seafood, Highland hospitality and beloved Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK. Fittingly, the West Highland Line is considered by many to be the most scenic rail journey in the world.

Are trains expensive in Scotland? ›

Train fares from Scotland up to 70% more expensive than travel by plane. Environmentally-conscious Scots travellers face paying up to 70% more to travel by train than plane.

Is it easy for Americans to drive in Scotland? ›

Driving in Scotland is straightforward and often enjoyable, once drivers from outside the U.K. become accustomed to driving on the left. A small network of motorways link the main urban areas, while “A” roads, often “dual carriageways” (divided highways), spread out over the rest of Scotland.

What do I need to know before traveling to Scotland? ›

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  • Scotland has its own distinct culture.
  • There's a difference between Scotch and Scottish.
  • The Scottish speak English, but you'll have to get used to it.
  • You should talk to the locals.
  • Stand your round at the pub.
  • Scots prefer to avoid arguments.
  • Scots like to queue.
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What is the cheapest way to travel to the Scottish Highlands? ›

Travelling by coach is probably the cheapest option. Sure, it's a little slower than taking a train or driving, but it's affordable and comfortable. The most popular bus companies in the Highlands are Stagecoach and Scottish Citylink.

Can you get free rail travel in Scotland? ›

In Scotland, all people with a disability, and those aged 60 and over are entitled to a National Entitlement Card. Depending on people's circumstances, and the region in which they live, this Entitlement Card can give access to a concessionary fare, or free train travel.

Is there good public transportation in Scotland? ›

Scotland's public transport network is both reliable and cost-effective, and a great way to soak up the scenery and get a feel for the country.

How expensive are buses in Scotland? ›

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Greater Glasgow Bus Ticket Prices.
TicketDescription
Child Single£1.45
Adult FirstDay (City/Local)Unlimited travel for one day£5.40
Adult FirstDay (Network)Unlimited travel for one day£7.25
Adult FirstWeek (City/Local)Unlimited travel for seven days£20.40
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How much does public transport cost in Scotland? ›

A single journey costs 1.80 pounds (about $2.40), but if you're planning to use the bus frequently, it makes more sense to buy a DAYticket, which costs 4.50 pounds (approximately $6) for adults and 2.20 pounds (about $3) for children.

What is the best month to go to Scotland? ›

Scotland is a year-round destination, but the summer months, from June until August, attract the most visitors. This high season coincides with summer's better weather, more daylight hours, and plenty of activities and festivals happening around the country.

What are Scottish travel rules? ›

Even though Scotland does not have covid travel rules, other countries may.
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Visiting Scotland from another country
  • complete a Passenger Locator Form.
  • take any covid tests before you leave for Scotland, or after you arrive.
  • isolate when you arrive.

What are the main train routes in Scotland? ›

Main railway lines:

the Highland Mainline from Perth to Inverness. the Borders Railway from Edinburgh to the Borders. the West Highland Line from Mallaig and Oban in the Scottish Highlands to Glasgow. the Edinburgh to Aberdeen from Edinburgh to Aberdeen.

What is the most beautiful part of Scotland? ›

With over 18% of votes, the Isle of Skye is your number one most beautiful place in Scotland, drawing enthusiasm for its “vast wilderness and scenery”, and for being so darn “beautiful and wild”. What's more, our experts selected the Isle of Skye as one of the best places on earth for 2022.

How much money do you need a day in Scotland? ›

You can expect the average trip to Scotland cost for travellers that want to vacation in Scotland to be £70 to £190 per person per day (approximately $84 – $228 USD). This can, however, be reduced if you plan on spending some nights camping, not doing many paid activities and cooking most of your own meals.

Can you drive in Scotland with a US license? ›

Licence requirements

Whether you're visiting Scotland from the US, India or even Australia, you can rest assured that as long as your licence is valid and in date, you can drive in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Do you need cash in Scotland? ›

All major credit cards can also be used across Scotland, with Visa and MasterCard being most widely accepted. Scotland has its own bank notes that look different to those in the rest of the UK, however their value is the same. Both Scottish and UK-wide notes can be used throughout Scotland.

Is food expensive in Scotland? ›

Average Daily Costs

While meal prices in Scotland can vary, the average cost of food in Scotland is £31 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Scotland should cost around £12 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner.

What is the cheapest time of year to visit Scotland? ›

Cheapest Time to Visit Scotland

If you want to save money, book your trip in the off-season, from Nov. 1 to Dec. 12, or wait until after Christmas, from Dec. 26 to mid-March.

What is Scotland's most beautiful railway station? ›

Scotland's Most Beautiful Train Station: Wemyss Bay.

Is the train ride from Edinburgh to Inverness Scenic? ›

IS THE TRAIN FROM EDINBURGH TO INVERNESS SCENIC? The train journey from Edinburgh to Inverness will take more than 3 hours, during that time you can enjoy stunning natural surroundings. A train runs through beautiful Scotland, meaning that you can expect to see deer, mountain hare, thundering waterfall, and many more.

What is the most famous train in Scotland? ›

Royal Scotsman, A Belmond Train. Luxury Scotland Train Tours.

Is there food on trains in Scotland? ›

You can buy a selection of drinks and snacks on our longer distance and scenic train services. After all, there's nothing better than a bit of shortbread to go along with an epic view. Catering may be available for all or part of the journey – and occasionally the service is provided in part of the train only.

How do you get around Edinburgh without a car? ›

Edinburgh's extensive bus routes cover the entire city and its outskirts, and are well regarded by residents and visitors alike. Most festival venues are either on or nearby at least one main bus route, and the Night Bus services will help you get to your accommodation even in the wee small hours.

How do you pay for trains in Scotland? ›

You can pay for your ticket with cash or by debit or credit card at any of our 143 staffed station ticket offices. We aim to serve customers within five minutes at peak times, and three minutes at off-peak times, so give yourself enough time to buy a ticket. Peak time periods vary from station to station.

Do US citizens need international drivers license in Scotland? ›

You do not need an international driver's license.

For non-EU visitors, your domestic driver's license allows you to drive in Scotland for up to a year provided it is in English or has an English translation.

Is Scotland friendly to tourists? ›

Scotland is a safe and welcoming nation with a famously warm level of hospitality, yet no matter where you travel there are a few things that visitors may find useful to ensure their trip runs extra smoothly.

What side is the steering wheel on in Scotland? ›

You'll find the steering wheel on the vehicle's right-hand side and the gear shift in manual transmission cars on the driver's left, alongside the parking brake.

What shoes to wear in Scotland? ›

Most of the cities in Scotland are covered in cobbles, so rubber-soled shoes fare best on this, especially when they are wet from a summer shower. If you are heading out into the countryside or to the coast, a pair of hiking shoes or running sneakers will be fine.

What should I wear in Scotland? ›

Scotland is a relaxed place, so no need for fancy clothes unless you're staying at one of the famed golf resorts. It's almost always sweater weather, so pack your favorite wool sweater or cardigan. A scarf and hat are a great way to warm up if there is a chill in the air. It's not always cold.

What do Americans need to visit Scotland? ›

American citizens traveling to Scotland, England, Wales, or Northern Ireland do not require a visa but will need a valid passport. Before you land in the UK, you'll be asked to fill out a landing card with your name, date of birth, gender, nationality, occupation, and the address where you'll be staying in London.

Do I need a rental car in Scotland? ›

You won't need a car in the city as all Scottish cities are very walkable and have public transport systems. Parking in cities is a nightmare and can get expensive as many hotels do not provide on-site parking facilities. Traffic is also considerable and it may be difficult to navigate one-way systems.

How do you pay for transport in Scotland? ›

You can usually purchase tickets online at the operators website, and these will then be available after a set period of time to collect either on board your bus for bus travel, or at train station machines or gates for rail travel.

How do I get from Edinburgh to Scottish Highlands? ›

Trains are the most reliable way of getting to the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh. ScotRail Has a reliable service running from Edinburgh to Stirling, which takes you to the heart of the Highlands. You also opt for LNER service. The one-way trip takes less than an hour.

How to visit Scottish Highlands without car? ›

Using The Train To Travel Scotland

The fastest way to get around Scotland without a car is certainly by train. Scotland has an excellent rail service which spreads across a large amount of the country and delivers a very quick and direct service – often getting travellers to their destination even faster than by car.

What is the easiest way to get around Scotland? ›

Public transport provides trains and bus services to Scottish towns and cities as well as many villages and ferry ports. Access to very remote areas and islands is straightforward by car, ferry and aeroplane.

What is the best route to travel around Scotland? ›

The North East 250 is Scotland's best-kept motoring secret, encapsulating everything that makes Scotland so enchanting. Much like the North Coast 500, this is a circular route that winds through such captivating regions as Speyside, the Cairngorms, Royal Deeside, Aberdeen, the East Coast and the Moray Coast.

Do over 60s get free travel in Scotland? ›

If you are over 60 or have a disability, you could be eligible for free bus travel to get around Scotland and your local area. You can access this via the National Entitlement Card, your pass to free bus travel in Scotland.

Do over 60s get free train travel in Scotland? ›

Concessionary train travel

Some local councils offer over-60 and disabled people free or discounted train travel. Visit the National Rail Enquiries website to check if this is available in your area. Only holders of National Entitlement Cards can get concessionary train travel.

Do senior citizens get discount on UK trains? ›

A Senior Railcard, also known as the Over 60 Railcard, the Senior Citizens Railcard, or OAP Railcard, is a discount card that makes train travel cheaper for anyone aged 60+. With a Senior Railcard, you can save 1/3 on all Standard and First Class Anytime, Off-Peak, and Advance tickets throughout Britain.

Do you need a car when visiting Scotland? ›

If you're just visiting Scotland's cities then, no you don't need a car. If you want to explore more of the countryside then having a car does help, but you can still do a surprising amount without one. Travelling around Scotland without a car might take a little bit more planning but can be done.

What does a US citizen need to drive in Scotland? ›

Whether you're visiting Scotland from the US, India or even Australia, you can rest assured that as long as your licence is valid and in date, you can drive in Scotland and the rest of the UK. If you're visiting from the European Union, then you can drive any type of vehicle listed on your license.

Is public transport free in Scotland? ›

If you live in Scotland and are 5-21 years old you are eligible for a card giving you free bus travel. Children under 5 years old already travel for free on buses and don't need a card.

Do I need to rent a car in Scotland? ›

You won't need a car in the city as all Scottish cities are very walkable and have public transport systems. Parking in cities is a nightmare and can get expensive as many hotels do not provide on-site parking facilities.

What is the best Scottish island to visit without a car? ›

Perhaps the best option to visit the Isle of Skye without a car is to take a Skye scenic tour. Not only does it provide transportation to and from the island, but it also takes you to many parts of the island.

What month is best to visit Scotland? ›

Scotland is a year-round destination, but the summer months, from June until August, attract the most visitors. This high season coincides with summer's better weather, more daylight hours, and plenty of activities and festivals happening around the country.

Is my US driver's license valid in UK? ›

2. A United States citizen residing in the United Kingdom may drive by virtue of his/her valid American license for a period of one year. After this period has expired, he/she must be in possession of a British license.

Is Scotland letting US citizens in? ›

There are no covid travel rules in place for people arriving in Scotland from abroad. You do not need to: complete a Passenger Locator Form. take any covid tests before you leave for Scotland, or after you arrive.

What is the cheapest means of transport in Scotland? ›

Bus and coach

Perhaps the cheapest method of travel to cover a long distance is by bus or coach. As with the trains, booking ahead on a bus is definitely the best option. Travel between the bigger cities is often very cheap this way, especially by the Megabus.

Can a 75 year old rent a car in Scotland? ›

If you are 23 or 24, you may be restricted to renting certain cars and may incur a small surcharge, depending on the agency you choose. If you're older than 75, agencies may require a recent doctor's note stating that you are fit to drive. A driver's license is the other requirement.

How much does it cost to rent a car for a day in Scotland? ›

Find the rental car in Scotland that's right for you
Small Cars$38 - $86
All Car Types$88 - $638

Do I need a car when visiting Edinburgh? ›

Skip the rental car. Edinburgh is a very visitor-friendly city, compact and easy to navigate. In the center, most of your travel will be on foot—by far the the most efficient way to get around.

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