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Travelling from the north of Scotland

Driving from the north of Scotland

Glasgow is at the heart of Scotland’s motorway network, accessible from all areas of the country. For real time travel information on all of Scotland’s trunk roads, including cross-border information to the North of England, visit Traffic Scotland, or access it via the Traveline Scotland app. For information on Scotland’s trunk road network visit Transport Scotland.

From Inverness and the Highlands, take the A9 trunk road to Perth followed by the M9 and the M80 motorway to Glasgow. From Fort William, Oban and the north-west the A82 trunk road passes Loch Lomond and leads directly into the centre of Glasgow.

Central Glasgow can be accessed from Aberdeen and Dundee (in the north east) via the A90 trunk road to Perth, followed by the M9 then the M80 motorway to Glasgow.

Driving to this year's Games is not advised due to lack of parking opportunities at venues, Blue Badge allocations and limited Park & Ride spaces. For this reason we recommend that you plan your journey around Glasgow via walkingcycling or using public transport in advance. 

To find out the carbon cost of driving around Scotland, visit the Traffic Scotland Carbon Calculator. Increasing the number of occupants in a car can reduce your carbon footprint substantially, so why not consider journey sharing?

Travelling by rail from the north of Scotland

Rail services from Glasgow Queen Street Station serve cities in the north of Scotland such as Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth. Services also operate to and from Oban to Fort William the north west of Scotland. Ferry services to the Inner and Outer Hebrides run from these towns.

ScotRail has announced that it will provide additional late night services to Perth, Dunblane, Cumbernauld and Stirling.

Travelling by ferry from the north of Scotland

Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) provides a number of services to Oban including:

Colonsay ― one service a day, five times a week with a crossing time of two hours and 20 minutes

Craignure – up to seven services a day with an approximate crossing time of 45 minutes

Lismore – up to four services a day with a crossing time of 50 minutes

Tiree – one service a day with a crossing time of approximately four hours

Coll – one service a day, five times a week with a crossing time of one hour

Castlebay – one service a day with an approximate crossing time of five hours

Lochboisdale – one service a day, four times a week with a crossing time of five hours

There aresix train services per day to Glasgow from Oban with an approximate journey time of three hours and 30 minutes, as well as up to three direct bus services a day.

Travelling longer distances by bus from the north of Scotland

First Bus offers some regional services from northern towns such as Stirling and Dunblane to Glasgow. National Express coaches run from Perth and Aberdeen to Glasgow’s Buchanan Bus Station.

Stagecoach-owned Megabus also provides services to Glasgow from destinations like Dundee and Inverness in the north and Campbeltown in Argyll. (This is run by West Coast Motors in conjunction with Scottish Citylink).

Scottish Citylink provides services to Glasgow’s Buchanan Bus Station from a number of locations in the north of Scotland e.g. Oban, Fort William, Skye and Scrabster, Inverness, Dundee and Aberdeen.

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