How to get to Lochcarron
Lochcarron lies on the A896 about 63 miles due west of Inverness and
across the sea from the Isle of Skye. By car Lochcarron is a 4-5 hours
drive from Edinburgh or Glasgow. From Edinburgh the fast route is up
the A9 through the Athol and the Cairngorm mountains to Inverness.
Edinburgh-Inverness is 154 miles, Glasgow-Inverness is 175 miles. From
Inverness take the A835 for Ullapool; at the junction just beyond Garve
turn left on to the A832 (going to Gairloch) and drive through the
wilderness of Strath Ban to Achnasheen. At Achnasheen turn left at the
roundabout on to the A890, and follow it for 18 miles – driving through
some very sparsely inhabited countryside – to the junction at the head
of Loch Carron. Carry straight on, the road now turning into the A896
(going to Kishorn, Shieldaig and Torridon), and Lochcarron is about 2
miles from this junction.
For an even more scenic route follow the West coast on the A82 from
Glasgow through Glencoe and Fort William to Invergarry, then turn off
on to the A87 over spectacular Kintail country, sign-posted for Dornie
and Kyle of Lochalsh. At Auchtertyre, about 6 miles before Kyle of
Lochalsh, turn right to join the other end of the A890, sign-posted for
Lochcarron, passing Strathcarron railway station and thereafter turning
left on the junction for Lochcarron. Thereafter proceed as above.
Glasgow to Lochcarron via Fort William is about 195 miles.
Lochcarron is served by rail connections from Inverness on the famous
Kyle line, one of Britain’s most scenic railways. The journey takes 1hr
45mins, and the nearest station is Strathcarron, about 3 miles from
Inverness can be reached by overnight Caledonian sleeper from London
Euston. The cheapest London-Inverness return fare is for seated
accommodation, ‘Seated APEX’ fare (booked at least 7 days in advance),
others are sleeper APEX (sharing twin berth cabin), Standard, flexible,
(sharing twin berth cabin), while sleeper 1st class (or Leisure first)
is for a single berth cabin. For fares information, special offers, and
the latest timetables, visit the First ScotRail Caledonian Sleeper
service website at http://www.scotrail.co.uk/caledoniansleeper/index.html
Caledonian Sleeper departs Euston daily at 21.15 (20.55 on Sundays; no
Saturday service in either direction) arriving in Inverness at 08.31
the following morning, with 29 minutes to spare to connect with the
Kyle of Lochalsh train departing at 09.00 and arriving at Strathcarron
at 10.46. A later train leaves Inverness at 11.01, arriving at
Strathcarron at 12.43. For both of these there is a minibus bus
connection to Lochcarron, see Table 3 in our Public transport in the Lochcarron area and some points beyond,
dep. Strathcarron 10.50, arr. Lochcarron at 11.00; or dep. 12.50, arr.
Lochcarron 13.00. When necessary, the bus will wait for the trains if
they are running late. The official bus stop at Lochcarron is the
Village Hall, but the driver will drop you off at hotels, guest houses
or B&Bs if they are on the route.
is no longer a bus connection for the evening service (arr.
Strathcarron 19.43), nor is there a local taxi service.
For a condensed rail timetable see Table 1 in Public transport in the Lochcarron area and some points
and which also includes links to the full rail timetables. There are
usually only very marginal differences between the Summer and Winter
timetables. The Scotrail general timetable pages (including
Glasgow/Edinburgh to Inverness) can be found at http://www.scotrail.co.uk/content/timetables-connections
Inverness can also be reached using daytime rail services (average
journey time from London around 8-9hrs), usually involving a change of
train at Glasgow or Edinburgh. The only direct service, “The Highland
Chieftain”, is operated by East Coast trains. Their timetables can be
found at http://www.eastcoast.co.uk/
Telephone bookings: 08457-225225. It is an enjoyable rail journey,
particularly the route from Perth to Inverness or v.v., and especially
during the summer months. For fare quotes check out the operator’s
website. As at April 2012 the timings for the direct service are: dep.
London Kings Cross 12.00 arr. Inverness 20.11; dep. Inverness 07.55,
arr. London Kings Cross 15.54. (Mondays to Fridays, slightly different
timings for the Saturday and Sunday service in either direction, see
East Coast timetables at above website).
By bus (and minibus from Inverness)
From Glasgow and Edinburgh, and Oban/Fort William, Inverness can also
be reached by CityLink coach services, in each case several services
daily. For timetables (and online bookings) click on to http://www.citylink.co.uk/index.php
There is also a minibus service from Inverness to Lochcarron, albeit only on Wednesdays and
The bus, operated by Skyeways, departs Inverness at 15.00 usually from
Stance/Bay 1 at the main bus station, but this can vary. The bus
station is in easy walking distance from Inverness railway station
(follow the signs to the bus station). It arrives at Lochcarron Village
Hall at 16.45 but the driver will drop you off at hotels, B&Bs, or
private homes if they are en route. The bus goes on to Kishorn,
Shieldaig and Applecross by request, but seats need to be pre-booked
before 18.00 on the day before, by phoning +44-(0)1599-555477. Booking
a seat for Lochcarron is not normally essential, but as it is only a
minibus it is usually a good idea to book in advance regardless to
ensure you get a seat. The Lochcarron-Inverness service departs
Wednesday and Saturday from Lochcarron Village Hall at 09.30 (coming
from Applecross and Shieldaig, dep. Applecross 08.00, dep. Shieldaig
09.00), getting to Inverness bus station at 11.25. For full timetable
and sample fares see Table 2 in Public transport in the Lochcarron area and some points
The daily (except Sunday) mid-day minibus which serves the route
Strathcarron-Lochcarron-Kishorn-Shieldaig-Torridon and v.v., also
connects with the Kyle train twice a day, in the direction of
Inverness, or going to Kyle of Lochalsh (see arrival/departure times in
Table 3 above).
The over 60s, in possession of a valid Highland Council Travel
Card/National Entitlement Card, travel free on all Highlands and
Islands bus services. Scottish National Entitlement Cards are not valid
for travel on a few premium Citylink services (for example from Glasgow
to Edinburgh at certain hours), but the card allows free bus travel
throughout Scotland on all scheduled local registered and long-distance
bus services. English concessionary travel passes are not usually valid
airport at Dalcross, about 10 miles to the east of Inverness and close
to the A96 Inverness-Aberdeen trunk road, is served by a small number
Easyjet http://www.easyjet.com/ flies daily from/to Inverness from London-Luton, London-Gatwick, as well as Bristol.
has daily direct flights from/to Belfast City (Wednesdays and Saturdays
excepted), Birmingham, London Gatwick, and Manchester. Additionally, on
Saturdays, from 08 June to 21 September 2013 only, it flies to Jersey.
It also operates to and from other Highlands destinations: Stornoway in
the Isle of Lewis, Sumburgh airport in the Shetlands, Kirkwall in the
Orkney Islands, and the Isle of Benbecula.
provides seven flights a week from/to Inverness to Amsterdam Schiphol
during the summer months, and six per week during the winter
As from 21 December 2013 Flybe will also
have a once weekly flight to Geneva, on Saturdays. Check the Flybe
website for timetable information.
The Swiss Helvetic Airways http://www.helvetic.com/hdc/
(in association with Falcon Travel http://www.travelhouse.ch/reisen/falcontravel) has a once weekly flight from and to Zurich, Saturdays only from 18 May to 24 August 2013.
For more information see also http://www.hial.co.uk/inverness-airport.html,
while "Real-time"/Live timetables of arrival and departures (showing
live status of all incoming/outgoing daily flights) are displayed at http://www.hial.co.uk/inverness-airport/flight-information/live-flight-information/.
The complete Summer schedule of arrivals and departures (31 March to 26 October 2013) can be found at
For flights after 26 October 2013 check out the Winter schedule of arrivals and departures at
Transportation from Inverness airport to city and v.v./Taxis and car rental
A bus service operates between the airport and Inverness: this is the
Stagecoach coach service route no. 11 and 11A (to Nairn/Elgin and v.v.,
via Inverness Airport), with frequent departures, approximately every
half hour for most periods and in both directions to/from Inverness.
The bus departs from Inverness Bus Station, or you can catch it in
Falcon Square just outside the railway station (opposite Marks &
Spencer). For the timetable see http://www.stagecoachbus.com/PdfUploads/Timetable_38432_11-JET%20Inverness.pdf
Taxis are available at the airport and in the town, e.g. Inverness Taxis http://www.inverness-taxis.com/
Tel: +44-(0)1463-222222 ; Text-a-taxi 07867-977233 ; or City Taxis Tel:
+44(0)1463-222555 A taxi ride into the city costs approximately £17 and
takes about 15-20 minutes, or a bit more during rush hour. Self-drive
cars can be hired from several car rental firms at their desks on the
public concourse, or can be picked up in Inverness. See contacts for
car rental firms below, in Inverness and locally.
In Inverness (city and/or airport):
Car rental and private hire
Budget Car Rental
Focus Vehicle Rental
Thrifty Car Rental
(then select Inverness or Inverness airport from the location menu)
If you arrive in Inverness railway station after the last train to
Strathcarron/Kyle has left (dep. 17.54) a taxi fare for the 63 miles
trip to Lochcarron will cost approximately £85-£90.
Car rental, and private hire minibuses.
DMK Motors, Unit 1, Industrial Estate, Lochcarron, IV54 8YS
Contact: Donnie Mackenzie, Tel: +44-(0)1520-722682
Lochcarron Garage, Main Street, Lochcarron, IV54 8YS
Contact: Duncan Ross, Tel: +44-(0)1520-722205 (day), +44-(0)1520-722458 (night)
Local taxi service in Lochcarron
Unfortunately Lochcarron no longer has a licensed local taxi service
that can provide transportation between Lochcarron (or further afield)
and Strathcarron railway station. However, one local firm can do
airport taxi transfer services, as can taxi operators in Plockton or in
John Crosby, Tel: +44-(0)1520 722153 or Mobile: 07969 897618
This taxi firm also offers bespoke tours of the Highlands with an experienced tour guide.
Taxi operators in Plockton and Kyle:
Plockton Taxis, Ian MacLennan, Tel: +44-(0)1599 544389
Kyle Taxi Company, Tel: +44-(0)1599 534323
Car hire (including vans and minibuses) is also available.
transport in the Locharron area and some points beyond (Timetables)