Other Car-Free Options

Do you provide car-free options for tourists in Scotland?

This site covers car-free travel to the most popular visitor attractions by regularly scheduled services. But we know there are many other organisations in Scotland offering interesting and innovative car-free tourism opportunities. If you’re one of them, leave some details and a link in the comment field below.

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  1. Rabbie’s Small Group Tours offers departures all year round from Glasgow and Edinburgh visiting many of Scotland’s top attractions and scenic locations. With tours from 1 to 6 days in length it’s amazing where you can get to in one of our friendly, little 16 seat mini-coaches. Not only do we make it easy to get places, our guides are a wonderful source of stories, entertainment and information along the way. We are proud that we look after our wonderful country and operate in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way – just check out our awards to learn more.

    Please have a look at our website http://www.rabbies.com or call us on 0131 226 3133

  2. Edinburgh Bike Tours is a small Edinburgh based cycling company. We offer guided cycle rides in and around Edinburgh, visiting many interesting sites in and outside the city. Tours are varied in length from 2 hours, half day or full day to tailored multi-day cycling trips. We have bike trailers, tag-alongs and kids bikes too so are well set up for families. We cycle to many interesting parts of the city and countryside taking full advantage of the extensive network of cycle tracks, and quiet minor roads available to us.

    Check out our web site:
    email for further details:
    or call:
    +44 (0) 7753 136676

  3. BUS and BIKE SERVICE (1st July to 4th October 2015)

    This daily Bus and Bike service provides more options for visitors and the communities along the route. Visitors can enjoy a car free day out at Loch Lomond, Arrochar Alps and Ardgarten Forest.

    This service can be used in conjunction with-

    1.West Loch Lomond Cycle Path.http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/visiting/cycling/menu-id-101.html

    2.Waterbus services at Balloch, Luss and Tarbet. http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/waterbus/

    3.Train services to/from Balloch and Arrochar/Tarbet. http://www.travelinescotland.com/journeyplanner/enterJourneyPlan.do

    4.Paths around Arrochar and Tarbet suitable for mountain biking.

    5.Paths around Ardgartan Forest. http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/argyll-forest-park/ardgartan

    6.3 Lochs Way http://www.threelochsway.co.uk/ and Cowal Way http://cowalway.co.uk/ long distance routes.

    7.Bus services -Citylink 926, 976 and the 302 between Helensburgh and Carrick Castle. http://www.spt.co.uk/bus/timetables/

    Timetable information at http://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/b1-bike-bus

    Bicycle Hire
    Name: Can You Experience. (Hire)
    Address: The Beach, Loch Lomond Shores, Ben Lomond Way, Balloch,G83 8QL.
    Telephone: 01389 756 251
    E mail: info@canyouexperience.com
    Web site: http://www.canyouexperience.com/

    Name: Cruise Loch Lomond. (Hire)
    Address: Tarbet, Loch Lomond, Argyll & Bute G83 7DG.
    Telephone: 01301 702 356
    E mail: enquiries@cruiselochlomond.co.uk
    Web site: http://www.cruiselochlomond.co.uk/new-cycle-hire/

    This new venture is provided by Wilson’s of Rhu on behalf of Argyll and Bute Council, Strathclyde Passenger Transport and supported by the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park. Funded through Transport Scotland’s Bus Investment Fund.

  4. Car Free Tourism in Lanarkshire

    Visiting some of Lanarkshire’s top visitor attractions without the need of a car to get around is easy thanks to a network of rail links. Many of Lanarkshire’s museums, country parks and sports facilities have train stations conveniently located within easy walking distance.

    Summerlee – The Museum of Scottish Industrial Life
    Summerlee is situated on the site of a nineteenth century ironworks and makes for a great family day out. Only a three minute walk from Coatbridge Central, the museum boasts Scotland’s only operational heritage tram and recreated mine. There are guided tours of the miners’ cottages, an exhibition hall with working machinery and a play park.
    Nearest railway stations – Coatbridge Central, Coatbridge Sunnyside
    Address: Heritage Way, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, ML5 1QD

    The Time Capsule
    A ten minute walk from Coatbridge Central, Scotland’s ‘waterpark’ The Time Capsule, offers everything from thrill seeking to relaxation. The waterpark features a 25m swimming area, 10 metre high twisting flumes, wave pool and ‘lazy river’ while the health suite includes a sauna, invigorating steam room and hot tub.
    The venue also has a newly refurbished ice skating rink with skate hire for children and adults and penguin shaped skating aides for toddlers.
    Nearest railway station – Coatbridge Central
    Address: 100 Buchanan Street, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, ML5 1DL

    Strathclyde Country Park
    Strathclyde Country Park is a twenty minute walk from Airbles station and is set within 400 hectares of countryside. One of the most popular visitor attractions in Lanarkshire, the park hosts many events throughout the year including music festivals, international rowing competitions and its famous fireworks display every Guy Fawkes Night. There are a number of outdoor adventure playgrounds located around the park, a bike hire station, gym, cafe and a water sports centre with bumper boats, pedalos and canoes for hire. The park is also the location of M&D’s theme park.
    Nearest railway station – Airbles
    Address: 366 Hamilton Road, Motherwell, Lanarkshire, ML1 3ED

    Chatelherault Country Park
    With its own train station, Chatelherault Country Park is a VisitScotland five star visitor attraction featuring the Duke of Hamilton’s 18th century hunting lodge and summer house. The restored buildings are open to the public with a visitor centre, exhibition gallery, shops and a café. As well as an impressive banqueting hall, the Duke and Duchess’ apartments are also open to view. The park has over 10 miles of woodland walking paths alongside the River Avon and hosts a series of talks and tours.
    Nearest railway station – Chatelherault
    Address: Carlisle Road, Ferniegair, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, ML3 7UE

    Auchinstarry Marina
    A mile from Croy train station, Auchinstarry Marina sits on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal. The marina is home to Outdoor Trax, a one stop shop for adventure thrill seekers; visitors can hire bikes, canoes and kayaks, take part in laser clay pigeon shooting, rock climbing as well as abseiling. For those who are more interested in relaxing, Scotland’s first eco pub The Boathouse is situated in the marina, which uses energy from the canal to generate hot water and heating.
    Nearest railway station: Croy
    Address: Auchinstarry Marina, Kilsyth, G65 9SG

    David Livingstone Centre
    David Livingston was Scotland’s famous explorer and missionary and his home in Blantyre is now a museum of his life and work. An eight minute walk from Blantyre train station, the tenement block the Livingstone’s shared with 23 other families is full of items relating to his life and explorations in Africa. As well as the touring the museum, visitors can take a walk around the picturesque parkland and gardens overlooking the River Clyde
    Nearest railway station: Blantyre
    Address: 165 Station Road, Blantyre, G72 9BY

    Go to http://www.VisitLanarkshire.com for more information

  5. Day trips by bus from Aberdeen gives you lots of day trips from the city, you can visit the big attractions of the City and the stunning scenery, castles and coast of Aberdeenshire easily by bus. To see our easy guide http://www.get-about.com and click the link on the front page.
    Its easy to be sustainable in the beautiful North East of Scotland.

  6. We are an award-winning travel company established in 2005 offering imaginative and unique travel experiences throughout Scotland. Our popular itinerary – Scotland by Train (https://www.absoluteescapes.com/Scotland-by-Train-Overview.html), allows you to leave the car behind and enjoy a wonderful independent holiday in Scotland, travelling by trains, buses and ferries.

    Our Scotland by Train itinerary is an environmentally friendly way to holiday in Scotland. As well as helping to reduce your carbon footprint, this package is also perfect for those overseas visitors who do not want to drive on the wrong side of the road!

    The itinerary includes a journey on the Jacobite Steam Train – one of the greatest railway journeys in the world!

  7. Leave the car behind and enjoy one of our wonderful independent holidays in Scotland, travelling through this magnificent country by trains, buses and ferries.

    These self-guided holidays are an environmentally friendly way to holiday in Scotland – as well as helping to reduce your carbon footprint, it’s a perfect fit for anybody who wants to avoid the stresses of driving on the wrong side of the road!



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