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A Guide to Airports in Scotland

Scotland has some of the most diverse airports in the world, from Edinburgh, with its 12 million annual passengers, to Barra, which has the world’s only beach runway. Discover essential information about Scotland’s airports with this guide, which covers each airport in detail and also provides information about transfers.

Airports in Scotland

Google Map of scotland
1. Benbecula Airport9. Wick Airport
2. Barra AirportA. Inverness Airport
3. Stornoway AirportB. Aberdeen Airport
4. Tiree AirportC. Dundee Airport
5. Islay AirportD. Glasgow Airport
6. Oban AirportE. Edinburgh Airport
7. Sumburgh AirportF. Glasgow Prestwick Airport
8. Kirkwall Airport

International Airports in Scotland

Aberdeen Airport

Address: Dyce, Aberdeen, AB21 7DU
Code: ABZ

Aberdeen International Airport is located 6 miles northwest of Aberdeen city centre. Around 3 million passengers use the airport annually, with a significant proportion being offshore workers in the oil and gas industry. The airport has excellent facilities for travellers, with a selection of restaurants, bars, lounges, internet, and shopping facilities on offer.

Carriers including KLM, Easyjet and Loganair operate out of Aberdeen on routes throughout Europe. For passengers wishing to stay overnight, there are hotels close by including Jurys Inn, Premier Inn and Holiday Inn, all within a few minute’s drive from the main terminal.

Aberdeen is served by the Aberdeen International Airport at Dyce, which has frequent bus and taxi links to take you into the city centre and beyond, although the road network around Aberdeen is often extremely congested, so your journey will undoubtedly take longer at peak times. Please view the Aberdeen Airport website for details on flight times and facilities.

Airport Transfers

The airport is served by bus from the city by the First Bus Aberdeen network with a dedicated No.727 bus running every 10 minutes from the main bus and rail stations in the city. The nearest rail station is 3 miles away at Dyce Station, where passengers will find a taxi rank in the station car park.

Edinburgh Airport

Address: Edinburgh, EH12 9DN
Code: EDI

Edinburgh Airport is one of the major airports in Scotland, located just 5 miles to the west of the capital city. It’s the third-biggest airport in the UK in terms of passenger numbers and is also one of the best Scottish airports for customer shopping and dining experiences.

Airport Transfers

Travelling to the airport from inside the city is easy, and visitors can use bus, tram, car, and taxi services.  Subject to the time of day, the average journey takes around 30–40 minutes. A regular airport bus is operated by Airlink 100 and runs every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, from Waverley Bridge (the central train station in Edinburgh city centre). Tickets can be bought at the airport information desk, at the bus stop, from the driver, or online.

Full airport bus details are available to view on the Edinburgh Airport website bus and coaches page. Alternatively, visitors can take a tram ride to the city centre, which takes around 40 minutes. For further information about travellers arriving and departing from Edinburgh Airport, see The Edinburgh Airport Guide.

Glasgow Airport

Address: Paisley, PA3 2SW
Code: GLA

Glasgow Airport is an international travel hub with around 30 airlines serving over 120 destinations worldwide, including Canada, the US, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Gulf. Glasgow is Scotland’s principal long-haul airport as well as Scotland’s largest charter hub.

Carrying over nine million passengers per year, Glasgow Airport serves more Scottish destinations than any other airport, and it’s a key component of Scotland’s transport infrastructure.

Airport Transfers

There are regular bus links from the city centre to the airport, as well as dedicated taxi ranks at the airport exit and entrance. If taking the bus, then the First Glasgow Airport Express service 500 connects you directly to the airport from Queen Street in Glasgow City Centre and Glasgow Central train stations.

When driving your own car, exit the M8 at Junction 28 if you’re travelling from the east, or Junction 29 if you’re travelling from the west. The airport has a dedicated drop-off and pick-up facility located directly across from the main check-in hall.

If you want to take the train to the airport from the city centre, the nearest station is Paisley Gilmour Street, just over one mile from the terminal. From there, you can take McGill’s 757 bus service directly to the airport departure building.

Glasgow Prestwick Airport

Address: 107 Glasgow Prestwick International Airport, Prestwick, KA9 2PL
Code: PIK

Glasgow Prestwick is an international airport serving the west of Scotland and is situated 32 miles from Glasgow city centre and 1 mile from the South Ayrshire town of Prestwick. Although Glasgow Prestwick is the fifth-largest airport in Scotland, it still accommodates over 2 million passengers annually.

Airport Transfers

Prestwick Airport is the only airport in Scotland to have its own railway station and services run 4 times per day during daytime hours Monday to Saturday, with connections to Glasgow Central Station and Edinburgh Waverley Station.

Buses to Prestwick Airport are operated by Stagecoach Western with services connecting the airport to Glasgow and Ayr. This airport also runs its own shuttle bus between the terminal and long and short-term car parks.

Inverness Airport

Address: Dalcross, Inverness, IV2 7JB
Code: INV

Inverness is an international airport located at Dalcross, 8 miles from the centre of Inverness. This airport is the main gateway for travellers to the north of Scotland and the outlying islands, with services also running between continental Europe and throughout the UK.

Around 875,000 travellers use Inverness airport each year with many using the business links to London Gatwick and London Stanstead, while domestic passengers can take advantage of the links to the north-island airports at Sumburgh and Kirkwall.

Airport Transfers

Access to the airport by road is possible by the Inverness Airport Way from the A96, and a taxi rank is available directly in front of the terminal building. Bus services operate between the airport and Inverness, Nairn and Elgin, with the Stagecoach service Jet Bus running between the airport and Inverness centre every 20 minutes at peak times.

Regional airports in Scotland

Barra Airport

Address: Eoligarry, Barra, HS9 5YD
Code: BRR

Traigh Mhor Barra

The small Scottish airport at Barra is famous for being the only airport in the world to have its runway on a beach, which is actually located in the wide shallow bay of Traigh Mhor at the northernmost tip of the island on the Eoligarry peninsula.

At high tide, the three runways on the beach are under the sea so flight times vary with the changing tides. Twice-daily flights to and from Glasgow are scheduled via airline Loganair. Terminal opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10:30 to 15:30 and Sunday 11:30 to 12:45.

Airport Transfers

Car parking is free of charge, and the car park can be found adjacent to the main terminal building, while taxis can be booked in advance from one of several firms advertised inside the terminal. Phone Barra Taxi (01871 810012), Campbell Taxi (01871 810216), or Dans Taxi (01871 810497).

There is a bus service that runs from Barra airport to the village of Castlebay; see the latest timetable inside the terminal for details.

Benbecula Airport

Address: Balivanich, Benbecula, HS7 5LW
Code: BEB

Benbecula Airport is located on the Outer Hebridean island of Benbecula, where it aims to serve islanders with regular routes to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, and Stornoway.

The airport is managed by Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd while flights are operated by the airline Loganair. The terminal, while small, has a café and payphones, and there is free car parking available in the car park adjacent to the terminal building.

Airport Transfers

Car hire can be arranged through Car Hire Hebrides and taxis can be booked in advance or called directly from the terminal. Phone Buchanans Taxis (01870 602 277) or MacVicar’s Taxis (01870 603 197). Public transport is served by a regular bus route that runs from the airport to various destinations throughout Benbecula and the islands of North Uist and South Uist.


Campbeltown Airport

Address: Kintyre PA28 6NU
Code: CAL

Campbeltown Airport is located near the tip of the Kintyre peninsula in Argyll and Bute, 3.5 miles west of the town of Campbeltown. This small airport serves as an air link between the peninsula and Glasgow, with twice-daily flights operated by Loganair.

Airport Transfers

Car parking at this small airport is free of charge, and taxis can be booked either in advance or directly from the airport terminal. Phone Fona Taxis (01586 554 001), Roy’s Taxis (01586 554 625), or Tavi’s Taxis (01586 55 11 22). Payphones are available inside the terminal building.

Dundee Airport

Address: Dundee, DD2 1UH
Code: DND

Dundee airport is located close to Dundee city centre, with the journey by taxi taking around 5 minutes. The airport can be accessed from the A85 ring road as well as the north and south routes of the A90. The airport has a car drop-off zone as well as a car park which is roughly a 5-minute walk to the terminal.

The airport terminal is open Monday to Friday from 05:45 to 21:00, Saturday from 08:00 to 17:00, and Sunday from 09:00 to 21:00. The terminal has toilet facilities, a café, drink and food machines, and internet facilities.

Airport Transfers

Dundee city centre is served by rail with passengers able to take advantage of taxi ranks outside Dundee station for the 5-minute drive to the airport. The 2 main taxi firms are Tele Taxis (Tel. 01382 669 333), and 50 50 50 Taxis (Tel. 01382 505050).

Islay Airport

Address: Glenegedale, PA42 7AS
Code: ILY

Islay Airport is located 5 miles northwest of the town of Port Ellen and is operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd with services running between Islay and Colonsay, Oban, and Glasgow. Islay, known as the ‘Queen of the Hebrides’, is becoming increasingly popular with tourists who want to visit the island’s many whisky distilleries and the regular route from Glasgow is often booked months in advance.

The terminal has a café serving hot and cold drinks and light snacks and there are also toilets and payphones in the main building. The terminal opening hours are Monday to Friday 09:00 to 18:25, Saturday 09:00 to 10:10, and Sunday 15:00 to 16:00.

Airport Transfers

Car parking is free of charge at the small car park located adjacent to the main terminal building. Taxis can be booked in advance or directly from the terminal building. Phone Bruichladdich Taxis (01496 850271), Fiona’s Taxis (01496 301622), or Lamont’s Taxis (01496 810449).

A bus service that travels to all of the island’s towns provides public transport to and from the terminal, though it may not always be available depending on the season. Bus timetables can be found at the terminal information desk.

Oban Airport

Hebridean Air Flight

Address: North Connel, Oban, PA37 1SW
Code: OBN

If you wish to fly to Oban, you can take the daily flights from Glasgow, which land at this airport 5 miles outside of Oban town centre. Oban is one of the main Scottish airports that serve the islands of Coll, Tiree, Islay and Colonsay, so it’s perfect if you want to head out to the western islands.

Currently, Hebridean Air Services is the only airline based at Oban Airport, with two routes running between Colonsay, Islay, Coll, and Tiree. This operator also runs sightseeing flights around the coastline and the inner west coast islands. Terminal opening times are as follows:

Summer Opening Times:

  • Mon & Wed: 08:15 – 16:15.
  • Tue & Thu: 08:15 – 17:15.
  • Fri: 10:00–17:45.
  • Sat & Sun: 10:00–17:15.

Winter Opening Times:

  • Mon & Wednesday: 08:15–16:00.
  • Tue & Thu: 08:15–16:15.
  • Fri & Sun: 10:15–16:15.
  • Sat: 08:00–14:00.
  • (Closed 25 & 26 Dec, 01 & 02 Jan).

Airport Transfers

If you want a car after arriving at the airport, there are several local companies that offer car rentals, or you can use one of the local taxi services that can pick you up from the airport.

Kirkwall Airport

Address: Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1TH
Code: KOI

Kirkwall is one of the main Scottish airports serving the north-Scotland island of Orkney and is located 3 miles southeast of the town of Kirkwall. The primary airline is the Scottish carrier Loganair which operates routes to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness and Glasgow as well as providing air links between several smaller island airports.

Kirkwall is the main town on Orkney, which makes it a great base for touring the islands, with many tourists preferring the convenience of taking a flight instead of a ferry between the islands of the Orkney archipelago. If you use Kirkwall Airport, consider booking a flight between the islands of Westray and Papa Westray, as this route has the honour of officially being the world’s shortest scheduled flight, lasting only two minutes

The terminal is open Monday to Friday from 06:15 to 19:45, Saturday from 06:15 to 17:30, and Sunday from 09:00 to 19:45. Inside, you will find a café serving hot and cold drinks, a licenced bar, a TV, payphones, toilets, and Wi-Fi facilities.

Sumburgh Airport

Shetland Island

Address: Shetland, ZE3 9JP
Code: LSI

The Shetland Islands are a popular destination for tourists thanks to the island’s 1,600 miles of unspoiled coastline and traces of human civilization dating back over 6,000 years.

Sumburgh is the main airport serving the Shetland Islands and is situated 20 miles south of the main town of Lerwick. The biggest operator from Sumburgh is Loganair which runs services to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Kirkwall, and Manchester. There are also seasonal flights to Bergen in Norway. The airport has a café serving hot and cold drinks and light snacks, as well as a shop selling newspapers and toiletries.

Airport Transfers

The terminal occasionally has taxis waiting outside the main building, though it would be wise to book in advance with one of the main taxi companies before you depart. Phone Boddam Cabs (01950 460 111), J & I Taxis (01950 422 2017), Allied Taxis (01595 690 069), or Sinclair’s Taxis (01595 696060). There is also a regular airport bus service that takes passengers to Lerwick in about 40 minutes.

Stornoway Airport

Address: Stornoway, HS2 0BN
Code: SYY

The busy town of Stornoway is the ideal location to explore the islands of Harris and Lewis, and as the airport is only a 10-minute drive away, it’s perfect for catching a flight for an island weekend break. Stornoway Airport is situated on the Hebridean Isle of Lewis, approximately 2 miles east of the town of Stornoway. The airline that operates from the airport is Loganair which has routes to Benbecula, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, and Manchester.

The terminal has a café serving hot and cold drinks, snacks, and light meals, and there’s a small shop selling newspapers and toiletries. Other facilities include pay phones, Wi-Fi, toilets, and a waiting area with a TV. Opening hours for the terminal are Monday to Friday, 06:30 to 19:45, Saturday, 06:30 to 15:00, and Sunday, 11:30 to 18:15.

Short- and long-term parking is provided adjacent to the main terminal building, with a day rate of around £5.

Airport Transfers

Taxi services operate from outside the terminal building, although you should book in advance to ensure a taxi is available. Phone Alec’s Taxis (01851 871038), Alpha Taxis (07553 374210), A1 Taxis (07818 216970), or others as advertised in the information booth inside the terminal building. Public transport is covered by a bus service that runs regularly throughout the day from the airport to Stornoway town centre.

Tiree Airport

Address: Crossapol, Isle of Tiree, PA77 6UW
Code: TRE

Tiree Airport

As the most westerly island in the Inner Hebrides, Tiree has grown in popularity due to the waves brought in from the Atlantic Ocean, which has made it something of a Mecca for windsurfers.

Flights to Tiree are therefore often fully booked well in advance, especially in October, when the island hosts the Tiree Wave Classic windsurfing event. Tiree Airport lies 3 miles northeast of the village of Balemartine and is arguably the smallest of the main Scottish airports.

There is a scheduled service running to and from Glasgow operated by Scottish airline Loganair, while Hebridean Air Services operates flights to and from the islands of Coll and the mainland town of Oban. There’s a snack machine inside the terminal building as well as an information desk. Terminal opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 09:30 to 18:00, and Sunday, 15:00 to 16:15.

Airport Transfers

The terminal on Tiree has free parking, and taxis can be booked in advance through John Kennedy Taxis (01879 220 419).

Wick John O’Groats Airport

Address: Wick, KW1 4QP
Code: WIC

Wick John O’Groats Airport lies approximately one mile north of the town of Wick in Caithness in the far north of Scotland, where it offers scheduled services to Aberdeen and Edinburgh as well as commercial helicopter flights to offshore oil and gas installations.

This is one of the smallest of the main Scottish airports, but it’s still heavily used by commuters as it’s also used as a stop-over point for light aircraft travelling between Europe and North America via Iceland. The Scottish carrier Loganair operates out of Wick with a daily service to Edinburgh.

Facts About Scotland’s Airports

  1. Edinburgh Airport is the busiest airport in Scotland.
  2. Glasgow International Airport takes the title of Scotland’s second busiest.
  3. Glasgow Airport opened in 1966, but its history goes back to 1932, when it was used by the RAF.
  4. Inverness Airport was originally built as a military installation in 1940.
  5. The old airport at Dyce was the location for a secret wartime event when a German plane landed there so that its crew could defect to the Allies.
  6. The main runway at Edinburgh Airport is 2,560 metres (8,400 feet) long.
  7. The landing strip at RAF Stornoway is featured in the Tom Clancy novel “Red Storm Rising” as a base for the Allied air operations over the North Atlantic.
  8. Over 30 different airlines operate out of Glasgow Airport, travelling to over 100 destinations.
  9. The beach landing strip at Barra Airport handles over 1,000 incoming and departing flights each year.
  10. At the height of the oil industry, over 500,000 passengers travelled from Dyce Airport by helicopter each year.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Scotland’s busiest airport?

Edinburgh is Scotland’s busiest airport, serving over 12 million passengers annually. It is currently the third-busiest airport in the UK.

How many international airports are there in Scotland?

There are five international airports in Scotland, which are: Glasgow, Glasgow Prestwick, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Inverness.

What are Scotland’s Highlands and Islands airports?

Regional airports that operate from the Scottish Highlands and Islands are: Barra, Benbecula, Campbeltown, Inverness, Islay, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Sumburgh, Tiree, and Wick.

Which airlines fly into Scotland?

From the UK: British Airways, easyJet, Hebridean Air Service, Flybe, Ryanair, Loganair, and Flybmi.
From Europe: KLM, Brussels Airlines, SWISS, Aer Lingus, Norwegian Air International, VLM, Air France, SAS, Wideroe, Lufthansa, and Eurowings.

How many airports are there in Scotland?

There are currently 154 airports in Scotland, including large international and small local terminals, some of which are disused or have private grass airstrips. Some of the major airports include Glasgow Airport, Edinburgh Airport, and Aberdeen Airport, which serve both domestic and international flights and have a range of facilities and amenities for travellers.

Which is the largest airport in Scotland?

The largest airport in Scotland in terms of passenger traffic is Glasgow Airport, which is located about 8 miles (13 kilometres) west of Glasgow city centre.

Glasgow Airport is the second busiest airport in Scotland and the ninth busiest in the United Kingdom, with around 20 million passengers passing through each year.

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