transport & travel

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Please check with the transport providers direct in case they have made changes to their routes and timetables.

The Lochaber Transport Forum (01397 709011) has lots of useful information about transport in our area.

Roads

Scottish Canals have produced very useful statistics of their Banavie Swing Bridge openings, to help you plan your journey to avoid getting getting held up when the bridge is opened to let canal traffic through.

Car sharing

Why not check out Car Pooling?  Sadly it’s little used, but the more people who know about it the more it might catch on, especially in a rural area like ours with relatively poor transport links.

Please get in touch if you’d be interested in using a local ‘journey share’ scheme, either as a driver or a passenger.

Community transport

The Lochaber Community Car Scheme (01397 701222) provides a service for people who are unable to use, or have difficulty with access to public transport.

Lochaber Action on Disability (LAD) (01397 701171) do a shopping run to Corpach on Fridays.  They have a 16-seat minibus with access lift and space for wheelchairs, which is also available for hire to elderly or disabled groups

Shopmobility (01397 700051) offer a fantastic service providing wheelchairs for long or short term use to local residents and visitors to Kilmallie.   They are based at the Portacabin between the railway station and the bus station in Fort William.  They can also carry mobility equipment out to the various outlying villages of Lochaber on a weekly schedule.  They visit Corpach on Mondays.   They can drop off and pick up equipment from your house and they can deliver to hotels, guest houses, canal boats and campsites in the area.

Cycle

Corpach and Banavie are connected to Fort William by off-road cycle routes. The Great Glen Way cycle route between Fort William and Inverness runs through Kilmallie. There is also a cycle track to the mountain biking facilities at Nevis Range.

Buses

Stagecoach (01463 233371) run The Fort Link bus service.   Lochaber timetables and route map (pdf 899KB)

Buses 45, 45A and 46 serve our area, running from Upper Achintore and Fort William to Corpach as far as Annat Point.

They also run school buses 145 and 147.

Their school bus route 512 (run by Shiel Buses) runs on schooldays from Fort William to Spean Bridge, via Banavie, Muirshearlich and Gairlochy.

Is it just us or is it notoriously difficult to find timetable and route information on the Stagecoach site?  In their search facility, under Route number you need to select Lochaber – Guide 3.

Shiel Buses (01967 431272) run a couple of routes through Corpach:

Acharacle Fort William via Lochailort

Mallaig to Fort William

West Coast Motors (01586 552319) operate a service from Fort William to Oban,

Citylink (0871 266 3333) run buses from Fort William to Oban, Inverness, Skye, Glasgow, and Edinburgh, 

Trains

We’re well served with three railway stations in our area (is this a record for a community council?) on the West Highland line from Fort William to Mallaig, giving us direct rail access to Glasgow, with connections to Oban, Edinburgh and beyond.   There is also an overnight sleeper service between Fort William and London.

Boats

Our road, rail and bus services link us with:

Camusnagaul ferry (pdf 460KB) run by Crannog Cruises (01397 700714) from Fort William across Loch Linnhe.  (This provides an alternative route for cyclists from Fort William  to Corran, avoiding the busy A82).

Calmac (0800 066 5000) run ferry services from Mallaig to Skye and the Small Isles.

Arisaig Marine (01687 450224) run a summer service from Arisaig to the Small Isles.

Knoydart Ferry (01687 462320) run from Mallaig to Inverie.

Our road and bus services link us with:

Highland Council’s Corran Ferry to Ardgour

And for those of you travelling the Caledonian Canal:

Scottish Canals

Great Glen Canal Users Association

And for sea travellers:

Corpach tide times

You can see what ships are in Loch Eil and Loch Linnhe at any time on the ShipAIS website (thanks to Martin Briscoe for this link).