There are many ways to explore the Scottish Highlands and this summer visitors can take advantage of anÂ award-winning bus. The “hop on, hop off” Ring of Breadalbane Explorer is a great â€“ and environmentally friendly â€“ way to take in the fantastic scenery and visit attractions. Cyclists can also make use of the bus as a part cycle-part bus trip.Â
TheÂ Ring of Breadalbane Explorer offers visitors to Scotland the chance to see a host of great attractions. It runs every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday until 20 October and takes passengers on a journey through the beautiful Breadalbane area of the Highlands.
Running both clockwise and anticlockwise on a scheduled timetable, the bus gives visitors the means to have a great day out by stopping at towns, villages and attractions, such as Highland Safaris, Auchingarrach Wildlife Centre, Dewarâ€™s World of Whisky, the Birks Cinema and The Scottish Crannog Centre.
The inspiration and driving force behind the service, the Breadalbane Tourism Co-operative, has been recognised for its innovation and is in the running for a Visit Scotland Thistle Award, having already won the Partnership in Tourism Award at the North East and Tayside regional finals.
The service allows space for bikes, buggies and well-behaved dogs at no extra cost, which means that you could do part of the route by bike before travelling the rest of the way by bus.
Thomas McGonigle, of the Breadalbane Tourism Co-operative, said: “We are delighted that the second season of the Ring of Breadalbane Explorer is under way, opening up this beautiful area of the Highlands for those who donâ€™t want to drive, or canâ€™t drive. We have developed a range of itineraries, â€˜Day Trips Made Easyâ€™ which will help visitors to decide upon their perfect day out. With an enormous amount of activities to get involved with from each bus stop, visitors will be hard pushed to know what to choose.”
What is the cost?
A hop on, hop off day pass for adults is Â£12; under 18s is Â£6. Under 6s can use the service for free and visitors can benefit from a family ticket which enables one accompanied child to go for free per full fare adult ticket.
A number of Day Trips Made Easy suggestions can be downloaded free fromÂ www.breadalbane.org.