There are 9 ways to get from Belfast to Scottish Highlands by car ferry, bus, train, car, night train or plane

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Recommended option

Car ferry, bus  •  11 h 17 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
  2. Take the bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Buchanan Bus Station 923
  3. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Fort William, Bus Station 914 / ...
  4. Take the bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Fort Augustus, Camp Site (Camping Ground) 919 / ...

$83 - $106

Cheapest option

Fly Belfast City to Inverness, bus  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Belfast City (BHD) to Inverness (INV) BHD - INV
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Fort Augustus, Abertarff Place (Tourist Information Centre)

$64 - $189

7 alternative options

Car ferry, train, drive  •  12 h 7 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
  2. Take the train from Stranraer to Ayr
  3. Take the train from Ayr to Glasgow Central
  4. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Perth
  5. Take the train from Perth to Kingussie
  6. Drive from Kingussie to Scottish Highlands

$110 - $150

Car ferry, bus, night train  •  11 h 53 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
  2. Take the bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Buchanan Bus Station 923
  3. Take the night train from Glasgow Queen Street Low Level to Spean Bridge

$92 - $115

Car ferry, bus, train  •  12 h 11 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
  2. Take the bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Buchanan Bus Station 923
  3. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Perth
  4. Take the train from Perth to Inverness
  5. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Fort Augustus, Abertarff Place (Tourist Information Centre) 919 / ...

$102 - $148

Car ferry, bus via Ayr Railway Station  •  12 h 15 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
  2. Take the bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Ayr Railway Station Sl
  3. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Fort William, Bus Station 914 / ...
  4. Take the bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Fort Augustus, Camp Site (Camping Ground) 919 / ...

$91 - $115

Car ferry, drive  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
  2. Drive from Cairnryan to Scottish Highlands

$79 - $104

Fly Belfast City to Glasgow, bus  •  7 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Belfast City (BHD) to Glasgow (GLA) BHD - GLA
  2. Take the bus from Glasgow Airport, Terminal Building (Glasgow Airport) to Fort William, Bus Station
  3. Take the bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Aberchalder, Swing Bridge House (Caledonian Canal)

$68 - $186

Fly Belfast (Aldergrove) to Glasgow, bus  •  7 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Belfast (Aldergrove) (BFS) to Glasgow (GLA) BFS - GLA
  2. Take the bus from Glasgow Airport, Terminal Building (Glasgow Airport) to Fort William, Bus Station
  3. Take the bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Aberchalder, Swing Bridge House (Caledonian Canal)

$76 - $170

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Belfast to Scottish Highlands is to car ferry and drive which costs £60 - £80 and takes 6 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Belfast to Scottish Highlands is to fly and bus which costs £45 - £150 and takes 4 h 37 min.

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The distance between Belfast and Scottish Highlands is 182 miles.

It takes approximately 11 h 17 min to get from Belfast to Scottish Highlands, including transfers.

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What companies run services between Belfast, Northern Ireland and Scottish Highlands, Scotland?

There is no direct connection from Belfast to Scottish Highlands. However, you can take the car ferry to Cairnryan, take the walk to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal, take the bus to Buchanan Bus Station, take the bus to Fort William, Bus Station, take the bus to Fort Augustus, Camp Site (Camping Ground), then take the taxi to Scottish Highlands. Alternatively, you can take the car ferry to Cairnryan, take the walk to Cairnryan, Stena Terminal, take the bus to Stranraer, Port Rodie, take the walk to Stranraer, take the train to Ayr, take the train to Glasgow Central, take the walk to Glasgow Queen Street, take the train to Perth, take the train to Kingussie, then take the drive to Scottish Highlands.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Belfast City to Inverness
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $220
Flights from Belfast City to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $160
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Belfast (Aldergrove) to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $130
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Stranraer to Ayr
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $22
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$11 - $16
Anytime Day Single
$17 - $22
Train from Ayr to Glasgow Central
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $14
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$6 - $9
Anytime Day Single
$11 - $14
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Perth
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $24
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$12 - $17
Anytime Day Single
$18 - $24
Train from Perth to Kingussie
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $25
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$10 - $15
Anytime Day Single
$19 - $25
Train from Perth to Inverness
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$17 - $24
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $40
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Perth to Kingussie
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$9 - $14
1st Class
$18 - $26
Train from Perth to Inverness
Ave. Duration
2 h 2 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $23
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$15 - $23
1st Class
$29 - $45
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
$24 - $35
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$193
Sleeper Seat
$24 - $35
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Buchanan Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Fort William, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Fort Augustus, Camp Site (Camping Ground)
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Fort Augustus, Abertarff Place (Tourist Information Centre)
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Glasgow Airport, Terminal Building (Glasgow Airport) to Fort William, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Aberchalder, Swing Bridge House (Caledonian Canal)
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
National Express
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Fort Augustus, Camp Site (Camping Ground)
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Fort Augustus, Abertarff Place (Tourist Information Centre)
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Fort William, Bus Station to Aberchalder, Swing Bridge House (Caledonian Canal)
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
nationalexpress.com
Dodds of Troon
Phone
01292 288100
Email
info@doddsoftroon.com
Website
doddsoftroon.com
Bus from Cairnryan, Stena Terminal to Ayr Railway Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
doddsoftroon.com
Ferry operators
Stena Line
Website
stenaline.co.uk
Car ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40
Schedules at
stenaline.co.uk
Passenger
$40
Small Car
$170

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