There are 5 ways to get from Ayr to Loch Ness by train, bus, night train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  7 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Ayr to Glasgow Central
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Perth
  3. Take the train from Perth to Inverness

$54 - $97

Cheapest option

Line 4 bus, bus  •  8 h 38 min

  1. Take the line 4 bus from Ayr, Citadel Place to Kilmarnock, Bus Station (Sturrock Street) 4 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Kilmarnock, Bus Station (Sturrock Street) to Buchanan Bus Station X76 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Stirling, Bus Station M8 / ...
  4. Take the bus from Stirling, Scotland to Inverness, Scotland
  5. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Bunloit, Achnahannet Farm (Farm Road End) 917 / ...

$32 - $53

3 alternative options

Bus  •  7 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station G10

$46 - $72

Train, night train, bus  •  7 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Ayr to Glasgow Central
  2. Take the night train from Glasgow Queen Street Low Level to Spean Bridge
  3. Take the bus from Spean Bridge, Spean Crescent to Bunloit, Achnahannet Farm (Farm Road End) 919 / ...

$47 - $72

Drive  •  3 h 38 min

  1. Drive from Ayr to Loch Ness 183.4 miles

$35 - $60

What companies run services between Ayr, Scotland and Loch Ness, Scotland?

You can take a train from Ayr to Loch Ness via Glasgow Central, Glasgow Queen Street, Perth, Inverness, and Inverness, Bus Station in around 7 h 5 min. Alternatively, Scottish Citylink operates a bus from Ayr to Loch Ness every 4 hours. Tickets cost $35 - $55 and the journey takes 3 h 23 min.

Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Ayr to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$9 - $13
Anytime Day Single
$13 - $18
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Perth
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $25
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$12 - $18
Anytime Day Single
$20 - $25
Train from Perth to Inverness
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$18 - $25
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $45
Virgin Trains East Coast
Caledonian Sleeper
Website
sleeper.scot
Night train from Glasgow Queen Street Low Level to Spean Bridge
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$120 - $170
Sleeper Berth Solo
$205
Sleeper Seat
$25 - $40
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Stirling, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Bunloit, Achnahannet Farm (Farm Road End)
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Spean Bridge, Spean Crescent to Bunloit, Achnahannet Farm (Farm Road End)
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Stagecoach West
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Ayr, Citadel Place to Kilmarnock, Bus Station (Sturrock Street)
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Kilmarnock, Bus Station (Sturrock Street) to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $6
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
National Express
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Stirling, Scotland to Inverness, Scotland
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $20
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Spean Bridge, Spean Crescent to Bunloit, Achnahannet Farm (Farm Road End)
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
nationalexpress.com
Stagecoach UK
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Bunloit, Achnahannet Farm (Farm Road End)
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Ayr to Loch Ness?

The distance between Ayr and Loch Ness is 205 km. The road distance is 293 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Ayr to Loch Ness?

The cheapest way to get from Ayr to Loch Ness is to line 4 bus and bus which costs £23 - £40 and takes 8 h 38 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Ayr to Loch Ness?

The quickest way to get from Ayr to Loch Ness is to drive which takes 3 h 38 min and costs £28 - £45.

Is there a direct bus between Ayr and Loch Ness?

No, there is no direct bus from Ayr to Loch Ness. However, there are services departing from Ayr, Bus Station (Fullarton Street) and arriving at Bunloit, Achnahannet Farm (Farm Road End) via Fenwick, Glaister Bridge (A719), Buchanan Bus Station and Inverness, Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 12 min.

How long does it take to get from Ayr to Loch Ness?

It takes approximately 7 h 5 min to get from Ayr to Loch Ness, including transfers.