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Last updated: April 2016



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Many international flights to ABERDEEN (ABZ) Dyce airport from London, Amsterdam, Paris, Farankfurt, etc.    

Aberdeen is about 70 miles (110 km) from Pluscarden.  By road it is approx. 2 hours.

From the airport, bus to Union Square Aberdeen train and bus station, and then bus or train to ELGIN.

Possibility of airport bus to DYCE railway station, then train to ELGIN.


Travelling to and from Aberdeen   Transport

Reflecting its status as Scotland's third largest city and the oil capital of Europe, Aberdeen is easily accessible by all modes of transport.

Travelling by Car or Motorcycle

Aberdeen can be reached from the north or the south by the A90, which runs from Fraserburgh to Edinburgh, and passes through the heart of Aberdeen City. The A96 connects Aberdeen to Inverness, in the north west of the country, as well as to a number of villages and towns in between. Visitors will be guided by signs to the city centre, where there is a good supply of pay-and-display parking.

Travelling by Bus

A number of bus companies operate services to and from Aberdeen from all parts of the UK. Aberdeen Bus Station is located on Guild Street, within easy walking distance of the main shopping and leisure areas of the City. The bus station lies adjacent to Aberdeen Railway Station, where taxis and minicabs are available for onward connections. Local buses also run along Union Street and the majority run on a ten to fifteen minute frequency.

There is also a real time bus web-site available here: Real Time Travel

Travelling by Rail

Aberdeen has two railway stations, one in the city centre and one at Dyce, 5 miles from the centre. Trains travel to and from Aberdeen from a range of destinations throughout the UK, with 19 trains a day to Edinburgh, 16 to Glasgow and 3 to London. For information on both these stations (timetables, destinations, live arrival and departure information, station facilities, etc.), follow the links below.


Travelling by Air

Aberdeen Airport is one of the largest and fastest growing airports in Scotland, serving around 35 destinations worldwide. The airport is located in Dyce, five miles from the city centre, and is accessible from the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road by taxi or car. Taxis and minicabs are available from the terminal forecourt, whilst short and long stay parking is available at the airport. First Bus also operate a service from Dyce Station to the airport if arriving by train. A number of bus services also serve the airport:

  •     First Bus No. 27 (weekdays only)
  •     Stagecoach No. 10 (Aberdeen to Inverness)
  •     Stagecoach No. 307 (Aberdeen to Inverurie)
  •     Stagecoach No. 727 (Airport to Union Square)
  •     Stagecoach No. 737 (Aberdeen to Inverurie)
  •     Stagecoach No. 220 (Aberdeen to Alford)

All services pass through the city centre, with Stagecoach services terminating at Aberdeen Bus Station on Guild Street, a five minute walk from the city's main retail and leisure areas. Routes, timetables and any other information on these services can be obtained by clicking on the links below.

Road directions: 

INVERNESS (INV) Airport Information  Dalcross airport is smaller and closer to the Abbey, a little less than 40 miles (km), 40 – 60 minutes’ drive.  Fewer international flights, but BA, EasyJet and KLM, FlyBE.  Bus to Inverness or to Nairn, then Train to ELGIN.

Getting Here from Inverness:  Travel by Road

The A9 south links Inverness with Edinburgh, Scotland's capital, and the largest city, Glasgow. To the east, the A96 links Inverness to Elgin and to Aberdeen. Scottish Citylink and  National Express run coach services from Scotland's main cities and the rest of the United Kingdom while Stagecoach Inverness provide bus links with other Highland communities. There are also plenty opportunities to hire a car.

Travel by Rail

Inverness enjoys good rail links to every point of the compass –east to Elgin and Aberdeen, south via Aviemore to Glasgow, Edinburgh and London.  Direct sleeper services from London and daily through trains provide a fast and efficient service. Details from ScotrailVirgin East Coast and Network Rail.

Travel by Air

Inverness Airport, just 20 minutes from the city centre, handles scheduled daily flights from Manchester, Birmingham, Belfast, Bristol and the London airports of Gatwick and Luton with Heathrow being added from May 2016. International flights also operate to and from Amsterdam and Dublin. For further details including charter routes see this map of routes, contact Highlands and Islands Airports or contact the individual carriers - EasyJet, Flybe or British Airways.


EDINBURGH and GLASGOW would be 4 – 5 hours’ travel to the Abbey.




The nearest station is ELGIN, 6 miles, 10km from the Abbey.  Trains to Elgin from Aberdeen and Inverness.  

Trains Aberdeen to Inverness - Train Timetables & Cheap ... › Train times

ScotRail trains, tickets & service info in Scotland | ScotRail


Taxi from Elgin, £15 (= €20) 



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11 - Inverness - Elgin – Bus Times


From Aberdeen, to go by bus or by train, it is probably simplest (if we are not coming to collect you), to take the bus into Aberdeen bus station.

There, under one roof, are the railway and bus stations.

You may take either bus or train to Elgin.

Either you will be met at Elgin, or you may take a taxi (£15, €22 approx) to the Abbey.


From Inverness, take the bus to Inverness bus station.

From the bus station, you may take a bus to Elgin,

Or, walk 100m to the railway station, and take a train to Elgin.