The Northern Highlands and the Western Isles Travel Guide
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.)