Scotland is well connected. Large, modern and well equipped train stations are in all 7 cities and many of the towns and villages. There are two main lines – one which runs north to south down the west coast and one running north to south down the east coast. These are connected by a series of lines criss crossing Scotland, taking you through some stunning countryside.
Our last section of Scotland’s North Coast 500 took us from John o’ Groats back to Inverness. After spending the night in Bower we headed back up to Thurso where I’d heard rumours of a popular American themed cafe. The Blue Door Cafe and Diner is situated in the Thurso Bay Caravan and Camping park and is certainty not what you’d expect to find on the North Coast 500. Decorated fully in red, white and blue, the pretty painted chairs, bunting and homely decor are not garish and there’s a nod to its Scottish location which mixes nicely. I couldn’t resist a corn dog and my daughter’s eyes almost popped out her head at the sight of pancakes with bacon and maple syrup – a firm favourite.
City link cover all 7 cities and a good majority of the towns and villages.
With an extremely good website you can use the journey planner to plan, research the destinations and book and pay for your tickets. Your tickets can be emailed or texted to you or you can pick them up from bus depots across Scotland.
Some examples of prices – A single ticket from Edinburgh to Glasgow on a weekday will cost you £7.50. A single ticket from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye, changing in Inverness on a weekday will cost you £55.50. Citylink
I often get asked about the best way to travel in Scotland so I’ve wrote this guide to answer your questions and hopefully make the planning stage of your holiday a bit easier.
Scotland is very well connected. Trains connect all 7 cities as well as many of the towns and villages. Buses will take you to almost anywhere that the trains don’t reach. Ferries link you to the islands and you can hire cars in all of the major cities and towns. It’s easy to travel around Scotland – you just have to know how.