The Highland Perthshire towns
of Aberfeldy, Blair Atholl, Dunkeld and Birnam, Kenmore and
Pitlochry are all relatively easy to get to from the major
airports, train stations, bus routes or by
car. Here we have linked to transport operators web sites so you
can see exactly what is on offer.
For buses travelling from Glasgow to
Dunkeld, Pitlochry and Inverness click on this site and choose
the timetable for Glasgow to Inverness.
For buses from Edinburgh to
Dunkeld, Pitlochry and
Inverness click on this site to see details and choose the timetable for Edinburgh to Inverness.
Highland Perthshire Buses
Local buses do run from Pitlochry (01796 472290 for info) and a
separate bus company operates from Aberfeldy but they do not
have web sites.
A word or two of advice before you buy
- Rail fares in Britain are the most
expensive in Europe for example a businessman who needs to go
from London to Edinburgh is currently paying £301 for the
privilege. In fact, with a little bit of knowledge, he could do
the same trip on the same train for just £25 return with an
economy ticket. The problem is that there are 27 different rail
companies that have replaced the single British Rail and they
all have their own different fares there is no publication that
shows all the fares, that gives you prices and the regulations
to help you decide which is the best ticket for you.
For example there are 45 different fares from London to Glasgow
and these range from £328 to £27. Prices vary so much.
Example to demonstrate the range of fares - Return tickets
from London to:-
Edinburgh £301 £25
Glasgow £328 £27
Leeds £257 £15
Liverpool £309 £25
Birmingham £198 £10
Cardiff £199 £24
Penzance £303 £35
Bristol £188 £20
Colchester £68 £12
Wolverhampton £200 £10
Coventry £180 £10
Manchester £323 £25
As you can see there are massive savings to be made if
you know which trains to book on. In between these fares there
are many different rates. If, for example you were to travel to
or from Glasgow you can save up to £100 by buying a business
class ticket in advance which lets you sit in First Class. In
Economy Class you can have a completely open ticket for £103 and
this slides down a scale with various restrictions until you get
to the £27 fixed return fare.
So when you decide to go by rail we suggest you ask lots
of questions to make sure you are getting the best deal. Our
advice is never book your ticket on the day, always book it as
early as you can, generally the further you are away from your
travel day the better the deal you will receive.
or enquire about trains here are some useful telephone numbers.
Travel Line Scotland 0870 6082608
National Rail 08457 484950
Scot Rail 08457 550033 to book your tickets on the phone
For train service maps showing all train routes
in the UK click here for details
Train time information you will need to go in and type
the departure station and the station you want to travel to on
this page. Edinburgh to Dunkeld & Birnam,
Pitlochry, and Blair Atholl. There are no trains that run directly to Aberfeldy
or Kenmore on Loch Tay. You will need to use one of the other
stations and then use the buses or hire a taxi or car.
of Scotland's principal airports are within easy driving distance.
Edinburgh Airport is probably the easiest
international airport to get to the Highland Perthshire towns of Aberfeldy,
Blair Atholl, Dunkeld & Birnam, Pitlochry and Kenmore. There are two routes to
Highland Perthshire one is over the Forth Road Bridge and the
other is via Stirling. The Forth road bridge route is probably
the quickest route to Highland Perthshire as long as there are
no road works on the Forth Bridge and you have to be aware of
the Edinburgh rush hours in the morning and the evening.
Glasgow Airport is on the south side of Glasgow which
means, one has to drive on the M8 right through the middle of
Glasgow. Again you have the problem with the city traffic at
peak times. If the traffic is running smoothly and the roads are
clear driving time will take about 1 hour 45 mins, with heavy
traffic, put another hour on the times.
Inverness Airport does not take many international
flights, but cheap internal flight operators use Inverness so
you may be able to get a better deal by flying to Inverness. The
drive time from Inverness to Highland Perthshire is of the order
of 1hour 30 minutes.
Cheap flights - we found this web site that gives you
all the tips on how to get the best flight deals.
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