THE SCOTTISH HOLIDAY


This took place in 2002 - but in the absence of a digital camera it takes me some time to upload my pics !  I invite those visiting these pages to submit descriptions of the vehicle types pictured, as I'm not expert.  Please email me at webmaster@ worcesterbus.co.uk (miss out the gap !)

First (no, not a pun) to Glasgow by train, then a trek across the city centre to the new Buchanan Street bus station, where First Glasgow D679MHS is seen, still in the old livery, leaving the Bus Station.  Not many local bus services actually use the station, however.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

McKindless, one of the better established independent operators from the old Central SMT area, also operates out of Buchanan Street, and here is B297WUL pulling into the station.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Next stage was on by Citylink to Fort William for an overnight stop.  Highland operate mainly single-deckers in the area, but we did see this Olympian.  I have earlier memories of MacBrayne buses in Fort William.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Then off by Citylink coach and ferry to an operating environment quite unlike that anywhere, I suggest, in England.  Here, on the island of North Uist near the terminal of the ferry to Harris, is a Renault minibus of Grenitote Travel.  A number of small operators together operate a pretty good level of service throughout the Outer Hebrides, presumably all subsidised by the Western Isles Council.  And the standard of service for passengers is unprecedented in my experience.  Schoolchildren (well behaved, there's the first miracle) are dropped at their front gates, in Lochboisdale the service minibus on which we were travelling diverted from the route, up a track and into the back yard of the B & B where we were staying !
 
 

I have cropped most of my pictures to show just the bus, but in this case the vehicle is not extraordinary whilst the scenery is.  Harris Coaches operate a service along most of the length of Harris and Lewis from Stornoway in the north to the Uist ferry in the south.  Note the width of the road - but the traffic does not cause any problems, although the service is quite tightly timed.
 
 

Then back to the mainland, where Oban and District Dart T190AUA stands outside the Caledonian Hotel on a local service.  On the way we visited Barra, where unfortunately the camera never recorded the local minibuses or post-buses, but the bus timetable changes according to the tides.  Not, as you might think, because of ferry connections but because of connections at the airport which is the beach.  We walked across the main runway on a visit to the north end of the island.