Published On: Sun, May 12th, 2024
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The UK’s longest non-stop bus route – almost 8 hours and 230 miles long | UK | Travel

The UK’s longest bus trip takes almost eight hours to complete a full journey and travels 230 miles. The Scottish Citylink route 915 and 916 journey travels between the village of Uig on the Isle of Skye and Glasgow’s Buchanan Bus Station passing Fort William and Kyle of Lochalsh on its way.

There are 64 stops on the route meaning the bus stops every six to seven minutes and bus passes are valid on the epic trip. It also stops at Portree to continue its journey to the Scottish mainland by ferry.

The service is split into two halves, there are nine journeys a day between Glasgow and Fort William, with three continuing on to Kyle of Lochalsh and Portree, while two of those go on to Uig.

The three journeys to Portree are joined by four more from Invergarry, which start in Inverness, with one also continuing to Uig.

If tickets are not prebooked, the journey can be an expensive affair with on-the-day tickets costing £76.50 for a three-day return.

The bus itself looks more like a coach and has space underneath for luggage with two seats on either side and five spread across the back.

One traveller noted on the Bus and Train User blog: “The two-year-old Irizar bodied Scania wasn’t lavish but was comfortable enough. I appreciated the seats not being too high-backed to maximise views through the large windows.”

There is a toilet onboard, however those travelling the full distance will need to have their phone charged as their are no USB sockets on the bus and there is also no wifi.

The bus takes a 45-minute break at Fort William, where passengers are able to visit the busy cafes close to the town’s railway station and even pick up some supplies in a nearby Morrisons.

Travellers are also given six or seven-minute toilet breaks during regular intervals on the journey, which despite its obvious drawbacks, many love to use.

The blog added: “I always enjoy the amazing scenery on Skye and the hour’s journey from Kyle to Portree never disappoints even on a low cloud day.

“The Citylink 915 from Glasgow to Skye is a truly wonderful journey offering spectacular views all along the way. It’s well worth a ride.”

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