14 Jul 2017
Stagecoach North Scotland announced today that a dedicated bus service will connect Inverness city centre to the Black Isle Show on Thursday 3rd August 2017.
Service 28Xwill operate only on Thursday 3rd August between Inverness bus station and the showground in Muir of Ord. Service 28X will operate in addition to service 28 connecting Inverness to Beauly, Muir of Ord and Dingwall.
The Black Isle Show marks its 180th anniversary this year and is the North's biggest farming event and boasts thousands of animals, a craft and food hall, beer tents and a fun fair.
A day ticket for bus travel from Inverness costs just £6.35 for one adult. Stagecoach will also be welcoming up to two kids for free when accompanied by an adult using a valid dayrider (£6.35) or megarider ticket during the school summer holidays. Standard Stagecoach tickets are valid on both service 28 and 28X.
"BellaBus", service 928, returns from 3rd - 6th August 2017 with an enhanced timetable providing more connections to the festival as well as return journeys to Inverness for those who are not camping on site. The return journeys to Inverness operate every 30 minutes from 11pm until 0130am from Thursday to Saturday, with the last bus departing the festival at 0215. Service 928A will also return for 2017 which connects Belladrum to the Black Isle Show, this service allows festival goers to pitch their tents on Thursday before heading to the Black Isle Show for the day ahead of returning to the festival for opening entertainment at Belladrum on the Thursday evening. The Belladrum shuttle costs just £5.50 for a single trip or £9 for a return ticket to Inverness.
Mark Whitelocks, Managing Director for Stagecoach North Scotland said: "We are proud to be supporting both the Black Isle Show and Belladrum with additional buses from Inverness this year. It is usually a busy day on the roads as the events fall on the same day but we hope with the shuttles we have for both events we will be able to free up road space with less cars on the road by more people choosing to travel to these fantastic events by bus."
Joe Gibbs, festival founder of Belladrum said: "We really value the bus service run by Stagecoach between Inverness and the festival. The more people who use the bus, the greener our event is and the less traffic there is on the roads meaning quicker access for everyone. We are delighted that our audience can park at Bella on the Thursday and then take the bus to and from the Black Isle Showground to enjoy that event as well.”
Rod Mackenzie, secretary of The Black Isle Show said: “This is a great collaborative initiative which allows patrons of both events the chance to leave their vehicles parked up which has many positive outcomes.”