Bus operator, Stagecoach, have announced the early introduction of the summer bus service 52 connecting Armadale to Portree via Broadford.
Following feedback from the local community and Sleat Transport Forum, Stagecoach have been able to introduce part of the summer timetable early to bridge the gap in service left after the end of service 601 (not operated by Stagecoach) on 24th April. From Monday 15th May a bus service will be reinstated to allow connections between Portree and the ferry at Armadale. The timetable is available online now at stagecoachbus.com.
The full summer timetable will operate from 5th June and will allow customers to travel the Grand Tour between Inverness, Fort William, Mallaig, Armadale and Kyle. A new service between Kyle and Portree has also been introduced providing connections to trains to/from Inverness. An enhanced service 57 from Portree to the north end of the island will also be introduced for the summer period allowing more connections to visit attractions such as the Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing and the Museum of Island Life. The full summer timetable will be available from Monday 15th May.
David Summers, Highland Council Principal Transport Officer, informed The Skye Times that: "The Elgol – Broadford – Kyle and Portree – Peinchorran routes are now operated by Ali's Taxis. The Fiscavaig – Portree route will transfer from Murdo Macdonald to Ali's Taxis on 1 July."
Due to a change in the school opening hours in Skye some other services will see minor timing revisions from the 5th June to accommodate changes to the school bus times.
Mark Whitelocks, Managing Director for Stagecoach North Scotland said: "We are delighted to be able to introduce part of our summer 52 bus service early this year. We regularly meet with the local transport groups across our whole network and it is fantastic to be able to shape our plans for our summer bus network in Skye based on valuable feedback from the local community. We will look forward to welcoming tourists and locals on board our summer services."