On this page I am sharing my favourite travel resources –

my preferred booking platforms for flights, transport and accommodation, essential apps and tools to download for a trip to Scotland and other things to keep in mind when preparing your travels.

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Small blue Loganair plane on the air strip.

Booking Flights

Read my practical guide to finding cheap flights to Scotland.

I browse the following booking platforms for deals:

Expedia // Momondo // Skyscanner

But always double-check directly with airlines. Aer Lingus usually has great deals flying between North America and Europe!

Book with Aer Lingus US / Aer Lingus Canada / Aer Lingus UK.

For local flights within Scotland (for example to Islay, the Outer Hebrides, Orkney or Shetland, check the local airline Loganair.

Two cars standing on line at a ferry jetty by the sea

Hiring a Car

Read my practical guide for renting a car in Scotland.

There are two services I recommend to hire cars in Scotland:

Auto Europe | A comparison platform where I always find the best deals for car rentals. They compare prices from various international car rental agencies and offer great insurance packages (much cheaper than booking insurance directly with the agency). I recommend choosing established agencies like Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz or Sixt, and stay away from low-budget options like Easirent or Keddy because their small print can be vicious, emergency support lacking or deposits super high!

Arnold Clark Car Rental | A fantastic local car rental company with comprehensive insurance packages and great support – if a bit more expensive. They also work with Celtic Legend, a highly recommended service!

Check out my top driving tips if you decide to hire a car!

Looking of the Jacobite Steam Train as is makes its way through the lush green hills of the Scottish Highlands.
A CalMac ferry in the harbour of Eriskay.

Local Transport

To check routes, connections and travel times, I recommend Google Maps (great for city travel) and Traveline (often more accurate in rural areas)

TRAINS | Most trains in Scotland are operated by Scotrail, but there are a few other companies travelling in routes between Glasgow and Edinburgh as well as down to England. There is also the Caledonian Sleeper Train that connects London with Inverness. To make it easier, I recommend booking via Trainline.

BUSSES | For inter-city travel, check out Citylink and Megabus. Stagecoach operates a wide network of buses all over Scotland. Some inter-city routes like Glasgow to St Andrews or Glasgow to Campeltown, but also numerous local routes. 

FERRIES | There are two major ferry operators in Scotland. Calmac runs most ferries on the west coast, while Northlink Ferries services the northern Isles, Orkney and Shetland. There are a few smaller ferry operators in specific locations. Check our my island hopping guide for more information.

CITY TRANSPORT | Each city has its own system. Glasgow and Edinburgh have the widest public transport networks. Check my city guides for tips: Edinburgh // Glasgow.

AirBnB cabin in Glenlyon

Booking Accommodation

Read up on my favourite hotels and B&Bs in Scotland.

I mostly use the following websites to book accommodation around Scotland:

Booking.com – for hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation.

AirBnB – for private rooms, self-catering accommodation and B&Bs.

Get £25 off your first airbnb booking

For hostels, I recommend checking Hostelling Scotland and Scottish Independent Hostels.

Our bus with Timberbush Tours.

Small Group Tours

Small group tours can be a great alternative to driving yourself – they save you stress and you can focus on enjoying the scenery. They are perfect if you only have a limited amount of time in Scotland, but want to see a lot. They can provide a welcome change from travelling by yourself. And guides have a wealth of knowledge to share, whether it is about Scottish history, current life in Scotland or Scottish culture! 

Here are some recommended tour providers – I’ve tried them all myself!

Rabbie’s // Timberbush Tours // Highland Explorer Tours

The pink fairytale castle, Craigievar Castle in the Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Attractions, Activities & Sightseeing

There are too many local activity providers and guided tours around sights and attractions to include them all here, but here are a few links for you to browse for ideas for activities & tours:

City Tours in Edinburgh

City Tours in Glasgow

Outdoor Activities in Scotland

For attractions passes check out National Trust for Scotland, Historic Scotland Explorer Pass and Visit Britain Scottish Heritage Pass.