For those who prefer to travel by sea, there are several quick and efficient ferry services that link to Scotland and connect with the Scottish islands.
For pedestrian ferries across Loch Lomond, click here.
The Ferry Terminal, Gourock PA19 1QP
Tel: 0800 066 5000 (01475 650397 from UK mobile phones or +44 1475 650397 from abroad)
Caledonian MacBrayne operate ferry services to 22 of the Scottish islands and offer a number of day sails from Oban, Mallaig, Uig, Kintyre and the Firth of Clyde.
Serco Northlink Ferries
Ferry Terminal, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3BH
Tel: 0845 600 0449 (01856 885500 from UK mobile phones or +44 1856 885500 from abroad)
Let NorthLink Ferries take you on a voyage of discovery to the islands of Orkney and Shetland. Choose from up to three sailings a day from Scrabster (near Thurso) to Stromness in Orkney and nightly sailings from Aberdeen to Lerwick in Shetland – with four of these sailings going via Orkney’s capital, Kirkwall.
Channel House, Channel View Road, Dover CT17 9TJ
Reservations: 0800 130 0030
Cairnryan - Larne : Troon - Larne : Dover - Calais
Hull - Rotterdam : Hull - Zeebrugge : Liverpool - Dublin
Scandinavia House, Parkeston Quay, Harwich CO12 4QG
Reservations: 0871 521 5522
DFDS Seaways is the world's leading ferry operator, offering frequent ferry crossings to Europe, with a wide range of onboard facilities and low fares.
Dover - Dunkirk : Dover - Calais
Newcastle - Amsterdam : Newhaven - Dieppe
Stena House, Station Approach, Holyhead LL65 1DQ
Reservations: 0844 770 7070
Stena Line, is an international transport and travel service company and one of the world's leading ferry operators.
Stena Line operates in three areas: Scandinavia, the North Sea and the Irish Sea with a network of 22 strategically located ferry routes in Europe. Stena Line has a modern fleet with a total of 35 vessels.
Cairnryan - Belfast : Liverpool - Belfast
Holyhead - Dublin Port : Fishguard - Rosslare
Harwich - Hook of Holland