West Coast Motors, the long established Argyll-based family-owned bus company business, operating across Argyll and the Isles and Glasgow, has achieved two recent service developments.
One is its expansion to the east coast with the Scottish Citylink contract to run the hugely useful Citylink Air express shuttle service from Glasgow’s Buchanan Street Bus Station direct to Edinburgh Airport.
This gives folk from Argyll and the Isles and the Greater Glasgow area the easy-use choice of routes out of either Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport. It opens up new markets for Edinburgh Airport – no wonder they’re excited about the service – and for Citylink as well as establishing even more strongly the central role West Coast Motors plays in public transport in Scotland.
The second service development was equally exciting. It was the company’s acquisition of Bowman’s, another established family business in bus transport, based in and serving the Isle of Mull.
To celebrate this new connection with this magnificent Argyll island, West Coast Motors very recently took one of its open topped tour buses on the CalMac ferry from Oban to Mull and flew the flag on a tour which, naturally, included Mull’s signature town of Tobermory.
Was Damian Lewis aboard, we wonder? He;s filming on Mull at the moment and has already had a trip out on a training exercise with the Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat. So if anyone knows whether he was spotted on the open top tour, let us know. He’s having a lot of fun in his downtime on an island renowned for its fabulous wildlife tours – with orcas and sea birds galore around its dramatic coasts and satellite islands; and the rare white tailed sea eagles in the air above its forceful landscape born of volcanoes and glaciation. RSPB and Mull eagles maintain a sea eagle reserve at Glen Seilisdeir.
There is no livery on the open topper bus as yet but this will be created and installed over the winter in time for next season.
It had a great day on the Mull – with some of the west coast’s famous haze making the approach of the ferry carrying the open topper a wonderfully mysterious business.
And by the way, the timetables for the Mull bus services are now available on the West Coast Motors website here.