Scotland is a convenient and surprisingly easy-to-reach destination from England, with a range of different transport options to choose from. Those wanting to take advantage of the stunning scenery and vibrant cities that Scotland has to offer will find that it's quick and easy to access Scotland from England at all times of the year.
Scotland is well-connected to England by road. If you'd like to bring your own car, you can choose a departure time to suit your schedule and decide where and when to stop off along the way. The route is a pleasant one and the driving is not too challenging.
The two major routes to Scotland from England by road are up the M6 (usually used to access Glasgow and the west of Scotland) and up the M1 and A1(M) (usually used to access Edinburgh and the east of Scotland).
If you're driving up to Scotland from London or elsewhere in the south of England, you might find it easier and more relaxing to break your journey overnight somewhere and continue refreshed the next day. We work with some excellent accommodation partners based on or very close to both the M6 and the A1(M) routes, making them well-placed stop-off points which won't add much time to your overall journey from England. As well as being convenient places to stop, these hotels are destinations in their own right - your holiday well and truly starts here!
If you'd like to visit Scotland by road but would prefer not to drive yourself, we can also arrange a private chauffeur-driven transfer to Scotland from anywhere in England. Just ask.
Avanti West Coast's comfortable and speedy trains connect London with Glasgow Central in just four and a half hours. Quick and easy connections to Glasgow are also possible from Crewe, Rugby, Wigan, Preston, Lancaster and Penrith.
With LNER, you can reach Edinburgh from London in around six hours, with connections also possible from Newcastle, York, Doncaster and Durham.
Within Scotland, Scotrail's network can get you to and between all major cities and towns in Scotland.
For a really magical trip to Scotland from England, take the overnight Caledonian Sleeper service from London to Glasgow or Edinburgh and wake up ready for a day of exploring. This 'journey of a nighttime' is an experience in itself - there's something incredibly special about falling asleep on the outskirts of London and arriving in Scotland without missing a beat! The Lowlander service connects London with Edinburgh and Glasgow six nights a week (there is no service on a Saturday night).
Glasgow and Edinburgh are easily reachable from England by air, with quick and frequent connections from all London airports. Inverness is also well-served by flights from England. Flights from other regional airports in England, including Birmingham, Southampton, Bristol and Exeter also connect frequently and easily with Scotland.
Once you arrive in Scotland from England by air, we can arrange quick and easy road transfers into any of Scotland's wonderful cities, guide you on public transport options or arrange for you to be met with a hire car to continue your journey under your own steam.
Whatever your preference and wherever in Scotland you'd like to visit, you'll find that it's a quick and stress-free destination to reach from England at any time of year.
For inspiration, check out our sample itineraries which involve visiting Scotland from England.
7 Days / 6 Nights
Winter From England
The ultimate luxury road trip in South-West Scotland. From rolling hills and forests to magical coasts and lochs, incredible hotels, delicious food, this self drive tour will captivate you from the moment you arrive.
7 Days / 6 Nights
A tale of two Scottish cities, this week-long itinerary helps you make the most of the cultural and architectural delights of Edinburgh and Glasgow. This variation includes berths on the Caledonian Sleeper train to get you to and from London.
4 Days / 3 Nights
A tale of two Scottish cities, this long-weekend itinerary helps you make the most of the cultural and architectural delights of Edinburgh and Glasgow. This variation includes berths on the Caledonian Sleeper train to get you to and from London.