Yes, the number 52 run by Stagecoach.
BTW a few manners wouldnt go amiss
Oh sorry, yes, that did come off rather rude! Feeling a tad frazzled with organising a holiday in Skye. Thank you, by the way! Do you know if there's a timetable available?
No worries. I stand corrected on the bus number, its 152 not 52 currently
A timetable is at
Its a very brief service at the moment. But the summer service has far more buses on Skye. When are you planning on travelling?
Ah, thank you!
We're going in early June and doing it all (hopefully) with public transport so I hope it's reliable enough! Do you know the fare prices?
Its easy enough by public transport, I did it in May and with a little planning its easy. Its not the best public transport of the Scottish isles I've come across, but neither is it the worst, and. Never had any reliability issues in my time there
You just have to get your head round how they work on the island, as buses join up with each other, and sometimes you may need to change bus for example at Sligachan, to complete a journey, its nothing to worry about, you just need to be awake to it, and sometimes be able to join timetables up, as sometimes it wont be obvious that you can make a long distance journey, because its spread over a couple of different routes which join up with each other.
Its worth noting there are 2 companies operating on Skye, Stagecoach who operate what would commonly seen as buses, and Citylink, the Scottish coach company, who run coaches, the latter runs from Kyle of Lochalsh and beyond on the mainland through Broadford to Portree. Which is a main artery on the island. The tickets arent interchangable between companies, but by looking at both companies you may get more options for some journeys
Its worth keeping an eye on the Stagecoach website for the summer timetables, shouldnt be too far away.
Where are you staying? I presume you are asking for Ardvasar because of the ferry?
I cant remember the fares, though they cant have been too bad or I would have remembered them
We're staying at Sligachan and also in Broadford actually, mainly to tackle the Cuillin but also to climb Blaven - I'm a mild Munro-bagger and Skye seems like the pinnacle (pardon the pun) of Scottish mountains. Rather looking forward to it.
And yep, getting the ferry across and then buses to get us around a bit. Trying to stay carbon neutral and all that!
Thanks for all the help, by the way!
Well both of those are really good for buses.
The bus is convenient for the ferry, the stop is 20 yards from the ferry and will probably be there for when you arrive. On your return journey you may, depending on the time, have a bit of a wait at the port for the ferry, but there is a waiting room and a cafe nearby so it shouldnt be an issue.
just to issue a small note of warning - Stagecoach are currently wanting to drop all services from the south end of the island - hence the incredible lack of services currently running - you will notice the service linking Armadale is purely a school bus, nothing more.
Community councils & tourism organisations throughout the island are on the offence and hopefully Stagecoach along with Highland council, will accept there is some responsibility here to support rural communities and also recognise their heavy reliance on visitors to the area, who may well, like yourself, choose to travel in a more environmentally friendly fashion!
Worst case scenario (I am soooo hoping it doesn't come to this!) is you will need to catch a taxi from Armadale to Broadford and then use the CityLink coach services (which are very reliable and if booked in advance can be quite cheap!), which operate the main route through Skye & Lochalsh (originating from either Inverness or Glasgow!), through Dornie & Kyle on the mainland, & through Kyleakin, Broadford, Luib, Sconser, Sligachan, Portree & Uig on Skye: www.citylink.co.uk
This is not meant to scare monger, but it really is up in the air at the moment - no-one seems to be telling anyone anything!! We're all in the dark at the moment! Common sense says they can't possibly remove the bus services, but they have already removed it this winter between Kyle, Kyleakin & Broadford - luckily Citylink run through all 3 villages! You can see from the Stagecoach website timetables, how few services they have left operating throughout the entire island!
The following article sheds a scary light on how bad it actually is:
Sorry to be the harbinger of doom!
Thanks for the info. Any more news on what will happen as it looks as though almost all buses were cut from Armadale ferry terminal to towns on the island? Is it the case then that the 52 mentioned above definitely no longer exists?
I was planning to come up to Skye at the end of April on the West Highland line and take a ferry, then a bus from the ferry terminal to Portree. It looks as though it just isn't possible anymore. It seems crazy. Surely this will affect tourism in a big way?
I can't believe there's no connections at all apart from a very early school bus (route 601 from Macleans I believe) which is impossible to catch when taking a train and then the ferry as it arrives too late.
I've read coaches go from Fort William but I don't want to do that. It seems much less scenic, and longer.Edited: 25 March 2012, 23:03
I've just found a PDF travelinescotland.com/pdfs/…HIAO601.pdf
Not good for Portree then and its tourism as connections don't seem well timed from Broadford.Edited: 25 March 2012, 23:34