Wester Ross is a largely undiscovered jewel in north-west Scotland and is well worth being incorporated into your holiday through the Highlands.
The area can be reached:
- from the east, by Inverness
- from the north through Ullapool
- from the south by Kyle of Lochalsh, gateway to the Isle of Skye
Inverness is the capital of the Highlands and can be accessed by road, rail and air. There are regular trains every day from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, London, etc. (timetables available online). Several buses services operate to Inverness from other main towns and cities including the CityLink coach services and Megabus budget buses.
Day trips on a coach from Inverness are also available if you don't have much time but would like to visit Inverewe Gardens, Applecross, Torridon, etc. and don't have a car. Click here for coach trip details.
Visitors can also approach Wester Ross via Ullapool, the main town in the north-west Highlands and the ferry terminal for the Hebridean island of Lewis.
The other approach is from the south via Kyle of Lochalsh which is the most popular route to the Isle of Skye enabling you to see the photogenic Eilean Donan Castle. Kyle can be easily reached by train and bus.
How should you drive on single track roads? Easy! Just take care to -
- Allow faster traffic to pass you, by pulling into a "passing place" - Do NOT pull over to the right to do this, but stay left.
- Do not travel "in convoy" - if several of you arrive at a passing place at the same time, there will NOT be enough room for you all to allow other traffic through.
- Faster traffic may well have a reason for going faster - maybe they are going to hospital with a sick child, for example? Please don't assume they are speeding or being reckless.
- Please acknowledge vehicles that pull in for you with a wave or similar - why? It's polite! And everybody will smile!
Still in doubt? Have a look at this slightly quirky information film from the early 70's (we think). Have some fun identifying the vehicles, the roads, or the people!
All fimed in Wester Ross - several locations
Among our visitors each year are at least several hundred people who reckon that all they have to do in order to reach this area is to appear at Inverness Bus Station and hop on to one of the many buses going to Achnasheen, Applecross, Gairloch or Aultbea. Well, it's not quite as simple as that! The fact is that public transport facilities in Wester Ross are somewhat limited.
TravelineScotland.com is an online searchable database for public transport timetables in Scotland. Enter your request below.
The Westerbus service operates between Inverness and Gairloch (Monday-Saturday). This bus service is comfortable, reliable and good value for money. Not only that, but it calls at all the major settlements along the route of the A832 which is the main traffic road throughout much of the area. Visit TravelineScotland for timetables. Please note: The Westerbus service does NOT allow animals to travel on their buses.
Finally, for a good local site with a great deal of useful travel information, try Hans Zell's guide to travelling to and from the area. This has a focus on the Lochcarron area, but is packed with information / contact details on how to reach many other remote (and sometimes difficult to reach places) such as Applecross.