Here we see a number 61 bus at Inverness Bus Station - it is bound for Ullapool. The service to Ullapool is very important, as many people use the service to travel to Ullapool Peir. From their they take a ferry to Stornoway Pier on the Isle of Lewis (Western Isles).
On 5 November 2011. the head of Stagecoach in the Highlands told an inquiry that public complaints about his company’s bus services at Ullapool were unsubstantiated.
Scotland’s Traffic Commissioner Joan Aitken asked members of the public to write to her with comments following complaints about the number 61 Ullapool to Inverness service.
Issues raised included delayed services and mechanical failures.
Mrs Aitken grilled Stagecoach employees, including regional director for Scotland Sam Greeve, managing director of Stagecoach Highland Steve Walker and service driver John Morrison.
It is thought that the service has now improved.
As an example of the journey to Stornoway, it is possible to leave Inverness Bus Station at 0805 (Stagecoach 61) and arrive at Ullapool pier at 0935. The ferry leaves the pier at 1025 and arrives at Stornoway Pier at 1310.
Perhaps midwinter is not the best time of the year to make the journey. On 21 December, sunrise at Stornoway is 0912 and sunset is 1536 - the nights are very long!