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We did promise bus travel in Inverness without the stress, but heck, we offer bus travel all over the Highlands so why stop now. Take a peek at our highlights of the Highlands – all of which can be accessed via bus from Inverness.

From the world famous scenery to the local communities who welcome you as one of your own, the best way to explore the charm of the Highlands and get “oot and aboot” is onboard one of our buses. With so much to see and do, we’ve created a guide of highlights and hidden gems to give you a head start with planning.

 

Inverness Kessock Bridge

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 Highlights of the Highlands

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Culloden

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35 minutes by bus 

Although history fans will love Inverness thanks to its castle and cathedral, hop on our Service 5 to Culloden for a history lesson to remember.  In just 35 minutes you will be on the doorstep of one of the country’s most famous battlefields. On 16 April 1746, the Jacobite forces under the command of Charles Edward Stuart were soundly defeated by loyalist troops commanded by Duke of Cumberland. This was the last pitched battle fought on British soil and not to be dramatic or anything, but it changed the Highlands and Scotland forever.

Alongside guided tours from local experts, the historical site offers a 360-degree battle immersion theatre, newly accredited museum as well as gift shop and cafe for souvenirs and treats

Service 5 

Urquhart Castle

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 35 minutes by bus

Nestled on the shores of Loch Ness, the enchanting ruin of   Urquhart Castle is a day trip not to be missed. Discover more than 1,000 years of history at what used to be one of Scotland’s largest castles. This iconic site was once a medieval fortress that stood witness to incredible conflict as well as home to some of the nation’s most noble residents.

With the stunning backdrop of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle is guaranteed to impress regardless of rain or shine. It is also rumoured to be one of the top spots for reported sightings of the legendary Loch Ness monster.

Service 925 

Chanonry Point

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 36 minutes by bus

 Whether you had no luck in Nairn finding the dolphins or you fell in love at first sight, the charm of the Moray Firth does not stop there. Chanonry Point is the most popular places to spot the beautiful bottlenose dolphins and best of all, we’ll take you right there!

We understand they are wild creatures so there’s never a guarantee but here are a few tips to increase your chances of finding a fin or two:

  • The main viewing area is on a shingle beach, located behind the lighthouse. You can walk here via the beach (tide permitting) or from       the path near the car   park.
  • Generally, Chanonry Point is popular with dolphins (and watchers!) at all times of day, but dolphins are influenced by the tide. This   means, you’ll heighten       your chances if you head there on a rising tide (around 1 hour after low tide) as this is when they chase the fish.

You know we’re all about the timetables here at Stagecoach, but did you know you can even get a tide timetable which will help maximise your chance of spotting dolphins. View tide times for Chanonry point  here.

 

Service 26

Loch Ness

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 20 minutes by bus

Located just 15 miles South of Inverness, Loch Ness is home to a rather illusive monster which you’ve probably heard of. You may not know however, that it is the largest body of water in the whole of the UK with more water in Loch Ness than all the lakes in England and Wales put together!

There are so many Loch tour options depending on your time (and budget) available. One of the best ways to explore the loch is on a Loch Ness by Jacobite tour  as their tours vary from one to six hours long so there is a tour to suit all schedules. They leave from four departure points including Clansman Harbour which is just 20 minutes from Inverness bus station on our Service 17 (Clansman Hotel stop.)

Service 17? 

Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition

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 25 minutes by bus

Intrigued to know more about the legendary Loch Ness monster? Visit the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition in Drumnadrochit. Bonus points if you manage to pronounce Drumnadrochit  to the driver. Our Service 925 will drop you at Drumnadrochit Post Office where it’s just a 4 minute walk to the centre.

From the ice age to the third millennium, the centre explores the history of Loch Ness in a themed, automated walk through. Visitors learn about the history of the loch and the many mysteries that have surrounded its past. Learn about the rumours, the hoaxes and the truths and discover what may really live in the depths of Loch Ness.

Service 925

 Nairn Beach

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 1 hour

Cameras at the ready for one of the area’s most beautiful beaches - Nairn Beach.  Located sixteen miles east of Inverness, this sandy haven offers breath-taking views across the Moray Firth to the Black Isles. There are also stunning coastal walks in both directions, to the east there is a nature reserve at Kingsteps and to the west, a viewpoint for yet more impressive vistas.

Whether you’re ready to relax on the shore or up for an adventurous coastal walk, you are in one of the best places in Scotland to watch dolphins in the wild. Keep your camera at hand as these majestic creatures play in the waves of the Moray Firth.

The harbour and the marina in Nairn also offer spectacular views across the Moray Firth as well as dolphin watching opportunities. The beach is a fifteen minute walk from Nairn bus station. Travel on service 10 or 11 from Inverness for Nairn Beach.

Service 10 or 11

Service 925

Invergordon to Inverness  (journey time approx 30 mins)

Monday  - Sunday from 0800 then every 30 minutes until 1730

Inverness to Invergordon (journey time approx 30 mins)
Monday - Sunday from 0715 then every 30 minutes until 1645.
Evening departures at 1745, 1845 and 1945.

Invergordon to Urquhart Castle
Monday - Sunday 0900, 1030, 1200, 1300, 1430

Urquhart Castle to Invergordon
Monday - Sunday 1020, 1150, 1305, 1420, 1535

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All you need to know about tickets!

Inverness zone 3 dayrider tickets

Available for just £12.40 or15€. This ticket is valid for unlimited travel to Inverness attractions.

 

Group dayrider tickets

Available for £24.50 or 30Group dayrider tickets are valid for 1 adults and up to 3 children, or up to 2 adults and 2 children, or up to 3 adults only. Children must be aged under 16 and carry appropriate proof of age.

 

Please note: For cash payments our drivers will be able to give change in GBP. Unfortunately we are unable to give change in Euros.


Contactless payments

There's no need to buy your ticket in advance, simply buy from the bus driver when you board.

All of our drivers will accept contactless card payments (£30 limit) as well as cash and mobile tickets too!

For information on our Orkney   route T11 please visit our dedicated webpage here.

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