Travel and Transport

New guidance from the Scottish Government is that face coverings must now be worn on public transport from from 22nd June. This includes:
  • bus services and the Edinburgh tram
  • ferry services (unless the ferry is open to the elements and physical  distancing can be achieved, or the vessel is large enough that physical distancing can be achieved)
  • airline services
  • train services including the Glasgow subway
  • taxi and private hire vehicles
  • bus stations, railway stations and airports

Traveling in Argyll and Bute and to the islands

As travel restrictions are lifted, the council is urging people to continue to act responsibly and follow government advice in order to avoid a second wave of COVID-19 and potentially the return of lockdown measures.

Avoid busy popular beauty spots

  • Remain 2 metres apart
  • Don’t gather in large groups
  • Continue to wash your hands regularly

Ferry capacity will be increased throughout this phase, but capacity will remain limited.

Travel tips

Transport Services

Argyll and Bute Council provides road, air and ferry services.

Oban Airport

Argyll and Bute Council’s Oban and the Isles Airports will reopen for scheduled flights, commercial charters and private pilots on 15 July. Flights from Oban to Coll, Colonsay and Tiree, through service operator Hebridean Air Services, are available from 15 July 2020, can be booked at http://bookhebridean.co.uk/

However, things at our airports will be different as passengers will be expected to follow national guidance:

  • If you feel unwell or suspect you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19, do not travel or come to the airports;
  • Always wear a face covering when in any of the buildings;
  • Ensure that appropriate physical distancing is maintained;
  • Avoid contact with surfaces and wash your hands with hand sanitiser/soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds; and
  • Follow instructions given by staff.

More information is available on the website: http://obanandtheislesairports.com/

Ferry Services

We operate four council ferry services.

If we have to make any changes to how they operate in response to COVID-19, we will provide updates on the council’s service disruption page.

Bus Services

Bus services are changing because of the Coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak. Service 918 will operate to a reduced timetable as of Monday 23 March. All other local bus services across Argyll and Bute will operate to a school holiday timetable from that date onwards as a result of the schools closing. Further details can be found via the individual bus operator’s website and social media.

West Coast Motors has made changes to its bus services which will come into effect on Wednesday 25 March. Please check the operator’s website for details.

There will be changes to West Coast Motors bus services on Mull commencing on Monday 30th March. This is to bring connections in line with the CalMac ferry timetable. Please see operator's website for details.

Garelochhead Coaches – Service 302 (Carrick Castle – Lochgoilhead – Helensburgh) will be reduced to one trip a day from Carrick Castle through to Helensburgh and return to facilitate getting essential shopping supplies. Coming into effect Saturday 28th March.

Tiree Ring n Ride – Will be operating to reduced hours from 09:00 – 12:00 to protect staff exposure and fit better with the few journeys that are being made – i.e. to shops in the morning. There will be provision to expand this if need arises, passengers should contact the operator for further information.

Islay Coaches – Services 450/451 will be having a reduction to service to reduce risk to passengers and drivers. Coming into effect Monday 30th March.

Changes to Citylink Services 926 and 976 come into effect Monday 30th March – there will be a reduction of services to one journey a day.

West Coast Motors will be making changes to Services 422, 423, 425/426 in Mid Argyll and Service 410 in Oban.
In addition, Service 428 (usually Schooldays only) will operate to provide connections to essential transport for residents living along the stretch of road from Inveraray to Lochgilphead and beyond.
Changes to Services 425/426 and 423 are to ensure connections are possible between these buses and the new 428. These changes will come into effect on Thursday 2nd April.

 

All these changes will be available on operators individual websites and social media feeds.

You can also access links to timetables on the council’s website: https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/timetable/bus