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Flights to Scotland

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If you don't want to walk 500 miles (or walk 500 more) then you'll be after info on flights to Scotland

Looking for cheap flights to Scotland? The search is over! Compare now and find some belters for Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Sumburgh and the rest with GoCompare.

Key points

  • Edinburgh and Glasgow are by far Scotland's busiest airports, and have the most connections to other cities in the UK and Ireland
  • If you're heading to the Highlands and islands of Scotland, consider flying into Inverness or Sumburgh
  • There's many routes and airlines for flights to Scotland, so try an online comparison and see what you might save

Scotland: home of the brave, and over 20 airports. From the biggest in Edinburgh to smaller ones on Scotland's outer islands, here's how to find cheap flights north of the wall. 

Edinburgh and Glasgow flights 

Just a quick heads-up before we crack on. We're going to focus on flights to Scotland from other parts of the UK. Are you after info and tips for flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow? Well, you better believe we've got dedicated guides to those two bad boys.  

Flights to Scotland's other airports 

OK, so if you're flying to Scotland, chances are you'll be landing at either Edinburgh or Glasgow. Yet both these airports are in the Central Belt. If you're visiting the Highlands and islands, you might want to look at some of the following...  

Aberdeen Airport (ABZ)  

Tucked in behind Edinburgh and Glasgow, Aberdeen is Scotland's third-busiest airport. About 10 miles from the city, around three million people use Aberdeen every year. It has lots of connections to destinations across mainland Europe. On the flipside, Aer Lingus, BMI, British Airways, easyJet and Flybe connect Aberdeen to cities across the UK and Ireland: 

Inverness Airport (INV)  

The most convenient airport to reach the Highlands and the north of Scotland is Inverness. Just over eight miles from the city of Inverness, it may be wee, but it has some handy routes. British Airways, easyJet, Flybe, and Loganair use Inverness to connect with airports across UK and Ireland: 

  • Belfast–City 
  • Benbecula 
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol 
  • Dublin 
  • Jersey 
  • London (Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton) 
  • Manchester 
  • Stornoway 
  • Sumburgh 

Sumburgh Airport  

Sumburgh is the main airport that serves the Shetland Islands. Flybe and Loganair use it to connect to the following places in the UK: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Kirkwall and Manchester. 

Flights to Scotland from London  

London has the most connections to Scotland's airports. All six airports that serve London have direct flights to Scotland. Yes, even Southend! Most fly to Glasgow and Edinburgh, but other Scottish airports can also be reached directly. There are so many options to choose from when it comes to airlines and airports and when you can fly. So, filter through it all and find a great deal with a little bit of online comparison time. Search, book, save. 

Flights to Scotland from Bristol  

Thinking of flying from the southwest to north of the wall? Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness can all be reached with a direct flight out of Bristol Airport. Shop around and compare prices pal. 

Top tips for cheap flights to Scotland 

Domestic flights in the UK are most expensive on Monday mornings and Friday evenings, so avoid these times if you can. And the more flexible you are with your dates, the more likely you are to find a bargain. 

The price of plane tickets fluctuates according to demand. But most of the time, they increase in price the longer they're on sale, so you have two options. Book very early or very late. If there's the chance of seats going empty on a flight, airlines are likely to slash the price in the last 24 hours. But if you want to guarantee a place on a certain flight and at a certain time, book early rather than risk missing out. If you're flexible with when, where and with which airline, try booking last-minute. 

Whenever you book, try and squeeze in a little price search. Compare what's out there and see what savings are available. And have a belter while you're there. 

By Sam Easterbrook