A little bit about the bus services out there. They are all sponsored by the local council, and run from 6am till gone 11pm on Friday nights. They are extremely frequent taking into account the remoteness of the area. There are no Sunday buses, but shops don't open either - not even Tesco. There are very few proper buses on the islands - no double deckers for obvious reasons as winds can get extremely high. There are 4 14 reg Optare Solos, an E200, of which more in another post and a school bus. Everything else is either operated by coaches or small minibuses. After getting into Stornoway on one of the Solos (more in a future post) my first vehicle on the long journey down to Leverburgh was Volvo B10M Paragon T599 BRG operated by Hebridean Transport based in Tarbot on Harris. New to Snaith of Otterburn near Newcastle I was pleasantly surprised by the quality this coach was still in, and it gave a ride nearly as good as the views.
|Hebridean Transport Volvo B10 Paragon T599 BRG with friends at Stornoway Bus Station 20th May|
|Taken out of the window. A tad more dramatic than Gorleston High St.|
|That's what the council pay for so that's what you get!|
|Aberfeldy Van Hool SP64 LYN pretending to be an HGV|
|Easy does it!|
|The Butty Bus at Leverburgh|