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With ‘staycations’ on the rise in the UK, Scotland is high on the list of places to visit. Emerald mountains, rugged terrain, glassy lochs and roaring rocky coastlines are complemented by cosmopolitanism cities that mix modern buildings with ancient architecture.
The best time to fly to Scotland is during the summer months, when the weather is warm and the opportunities for hiking in the highlands are ripe.
In winter, the country often experiences heavy snowfall and temperatures below freezing.
However, the joy of being in the UK is that you should be able to find cheap flights to Scotland all year round – so long as you book far enough in advance. Nevertheless, if you want to grab the really cheap deals, it’s probably best to avoid coming during the summer holidays or at Hogmanay, which are the most popular times of year.
Wherever you are in the UK, you’ll find it easy to discover cheap, direct flights to Scotland.
To find the best deals when searching, try selecting the ‘Nearby Airports’ option beneath your chosen departure location. This will let you peruse flights from nearby locations and hopefully find a better deal. If you’re looking for plane tickets to Scotland from London, you should also select ‘All London Airports’ in order to compare prices from across the capital.
Finally, it’s also worth searching for flights to different Scottish destinations. Each city has its own charms and different destinations airports can vary widely in costs.
You’ll find many direct plane ticket deals to Scotland with Expedia. Whichever airport you wish to fly from, and wherever you’re hoping to visit, cheap tickets are readily available all year round.
Direct from London, the average flight time to Scotland is about an hour and a half.
Scotland’s historic capital Edinburgh is perhaps the country’s most popular tourist destination. Edinburgh Airport receives over 10 million passengers each year, many of which come to explore this fascinating and historic city.
Expedia also offers flights to Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness too.
Probably the most relaxing and picturesque way to explore Scotland is by train. Promising some of the most exquisite views in the UK, you may already recognise the splendour of the Scottish Highlands from the Harry Potter films.
Scotland also has a number of regularly scheduled coach services, which are ideal for getting from A to B if you’re on a budget.
Otherwise, if you have a driving licence, we recommend hiring a car during your visit. Having your own set of wheels offers a level of independence that can’t be beaten. It perfectly complements the wild, free nature of the splendid Scottish mountains.
Edinburgh should be high on the agenda for any first-time visitor here. The Scottish capital offers a mix of medieval architecture and Georgian townhouses, while stoic Edinburgh Castle stands stoic over the city as it has done since the 12th century.
About an hour west of Edinburgh is the industrial hub of Glasgow. In recent years, Glasgow has been pouring money into gentrification, transforming itself into a cultural hub. Institutions such as the Kelingrove Art Gallery and Museum can now be found here, as well as a number of boutique galleries.
Further north you’ll discover the coastal city of Inverness, which is close to the famous Loch Ness. Grab your camera – maybe you’ll spot Nessie herself emerging from the glassy deep!
Depending on which part of Scotland you’re visiting, the hardest part may be making sense of the local accent. While this doesn’t tend to pose much of a problem in Edinburgh (where the accent is softer) in more northerly regions (as well as in Glasgow) it can be a challenge for non-locals to decipher.