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Iona to Inverness

Do I need to reserve seats on a ferry or bus for travel from Iona to Inverness?
Using "Traveline Scotland" I found an itinerary that gets us across Mull to Oban (ferry-bus-ferry) and bus (with stops) to Inverness. We leave Iona at 10:10 and arrive in Inverness 18:45.

It took a lot of searching to find this and I don't want to miss it by not having a reservation. But there are several companies operating the services. We need to be in Inverness before 8:00 pm, 20:00

I welcome any advice. Thanks

Posted by
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Hi, Louise,

If you purchase tickets for the Oban to Inverness leg of your journey ahead of time, you should be guaranteed a seat on that particular bus.

You definitely do not need to make a ferry reservation on either the Iona to Fionnphort or Craignure to Oban routes. Very few people will be traveling from Iona to Fionnphort at that time of the morning; CalMac uses their two largest ferries for the Craignure to Oban route. You won't have any trouble walking on.

Just did a quick check - CityLink (West Coast Motors) has a bus leaving Oban at 3:55 p.m., arriving Inverness at 7:45 p.m. (After May 21st., and not on Sunday) You can purchase your tickets ahead of time through their website. However, if you find another bus company that will get you there earlier, check their website to find out if you can purchase your tickets in advance. CityLink changed their schedule this year. Last year, the bus left Oban at 3:00 p.m., arriving Inverness at 6:45 p.m.

Best of luck!

Mike (auchterless)

p.s.: If you definitely have to be in Inverness before 8:00 p.m., you may want to consider a taxi. It's about three hours by road between the two towns. It won't be cheap, but if you're worried about cutting it too close, it may be your only option. Train won't work, as you'd have to travel to Glasgow to transfer.

Posted by
941 posts

Hi again, Louise,

There is a third option, if you're really concerned about getting to Inverness on time. You could arrange for a taxi to meet the bus in Fort William, and take you the rest of the way to Inverness. That way, you'd save the cost of the taxi from Oban to Fort William. The bus makes about 15 stops between Fort William and Inverness, but the taxi can take you straight through.

Just a thought.

Mike (auchterless)