Getting There

To get to the Highlands you’ll most likely need to get yourself to Glasgow or Edinburgh, then branch out from there. The biggest cities in the Highlands are Inverness and Fort William, which are both accessible by train and bus from Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Getting Around


A car will be your best bet for exploring the Highlands. Having your own wheels will give you the freedom to explore places off the beaten track and, inevitably, stop whenever you feel like (which will be often!) to take photos of the scenery. The distances across the Highlands aren’t vast (Fort William to Glasgow is only 100 miles) but the roads take a lot of twists and turns, making journeys a little longer than you might think.


There aren’t too many train lines stretching across the Highlands, meaning you’ll need to use buses as well as trains if you’re relying on public transport. But, and this is a very big but, the train lines are spectacular. The journeys between Fort William and Mallaig, and between Kyle of Lochalsh and Inverness are two of the most scenic rail journeys you could imagine, passing through fantastic scenery.


Buses connect most places in the Highlands, so touring around by bus is feasible, but you’ll need to be prepared for slowish journeys and services that only run a couple of times a day.