Generally not needed for stays of up to six months. The UK is not a member of the Schengen Area.
Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.
Transport in Scotland can be expensive compared to the rest of Europe; bus and rail services are sparse in the more remote parts of the country. For up-to-date timetables, visit Traveline Scotland (www.travelinescotland.com).
Car Useful for travelling at your own pace, or for visiting regions with minimal public transport. Cars can be hired in cities and major towns. Drive on the left.
Train Relatively expensive, with extensive coverage and frequent departures in central Scotland, but only a few lines in the northern Highlands and southern Scotland.
Bus Cheaper and slower than trains, but useful for more remote regions that aren’t serviced by rail.
Boat A network of car ferries links the mainland to the islands of western and northern Scotland.