Although rural with a well spread population, transport within the Highlands is a pleasant experience with well connected services and a central transport hub in Inverness.
Whilst the region's arterial road, and most roads between communities, are up to modern standards, single track roads are still in use in some rural areas providing a quaint and enjoyable journey.
The main arterial route through the Highlands is the A9, which runs from Thurso in the far north to Perth in the central belt. The road has recently received a major boost with the Scottish Government committed to upgrading the whole section between Inverness and Perth to dual carriageway by 2025.
Rail travel within the Highlands is a particularly unique experience with some of the best views in the world.
Inverness has direct rail links to London and is the start/ending point of the East Coast mainline which goes from Inverness down the east coast of Britain, terminating at London Kings Cross.
There are also direct rail links east to the City of Aberdeen and its well-connected Airport at Dyce, north to Wick and Thurso, and west to Kyle of Lochalsh. The West Highlands are connected to the central belt of Scotland with the West Highland line running from Fort William to Glasgow. These services are operated by Scotland's national rail operator Scotrail.
The Caledonian Sleeper provides an over-night travel experience which runs from Inverness to London, with services also connecting from Fort William.
Inverness Airport has direct links to popular destinations such as London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Luton, Amsterdam, Manchester, Zurich, Belfast, Dublin, Birmingham, Majorca and the Scottish Islands. The other airport in the region is Wick Airport with direct flights to Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
Regular bus services connect the city, towns and villages in the region. The main bus operators in the Highlands are Stagecoach, City Link, Megabus, D & E Coaches and Ross’s Minibus amongst others.
Check Traveline Scotland for more details and timetables.