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Scottish Citylink and National Express run buses to Inverness, Ullapool, Thurso, Scrabster, and Wick. There are also connections between the ferry ports of Tarbert and Stornoway; consult the local tourist information center for details. Buses can be a good way to see this region, but they don't run frequently.
Stagecoach Highlands provides a bus service in the region. On the Outer Hebrides several small operators run regular routes to most towns and villages. The post-bus service—which also delivers mail—becomes increasingly important in remote areas. It supplements the regular bus service, which runs only a few times per week. A full timetable of services for the Northern Highlands (and the rest of Scotland) is available from the Royal Mail. Traveline Scotland, a handy website, provides timetables and a journey planner to help you navigate around Scotland. There's an app, too.
National Express (08705/808080. www.nationalexpress.co.uk.)
Royal Mail Post Buses (0845/7740740. www.royalmail.com/postbus.)
Scottish Citylink (0871/2663333. www.citylink.co.uk.)
Stagecoach Highlands (01463/233371. www.stagecoachbus.com.)
Traveline Scotland (08706/082608. www.travelinescotland.com.)