Advice for holiday and leisure travel in Scotland during COVID-19

Whether you are planning a day out with family and friends, or a longer trip in Scotland, it's important to act responsibly and follow guidance on travel within Scotland

Check the Scottish Government website for the latest general Covid-19 guidance during Phase 3 and read our advice on how to travel safely

Visit Scotland recommend five simple actions you can take to help tourism, including visiting an attraction or experience, taking a trip, shopping locally, dining out and booking a staycation.

The Visit Scotland website provides information and advice on tourism including accommodation, restaurants and visitor attractions. 

Public transport

If you need to use public transport:

  • plan ahead as capacity will be limited,
  • follow safety guidance,
  • try to avoid busy times and
  • leave plenty of time for your journey.

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Travelling by road

If you are planning on travelling and normally use a private vehicle, can you get there by walking, wheeling or cycling instead? 

Cyclist in a lane

Consider travelling outside of peak times when it’s quieter - this saves space on the roads for people who really need to travel.

Some local roads may have reduced capacity for vehicles due to emergency active travel infrastructure and initiatives – always check before you travel.  You can learn more about this from our Active Travel partners Sustrans Scotland

Travelling by ferry

Capacity on the ferry network remains limited due to physical distancing measures.

Ferry travellers are encouraged to plan ahead for their journeys to Scotland's islands.

Read more ferry travel advice

passengers departing the ferry at Ardrossan

View more guidance on travel during COVID-19.