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Caledonian Sleeper reintroduces Oban bus link after successful trial Published: Wednesday, 13 June 2018 10:56

Oban Bay, Credit VisitScotland

A direct bus connection between Oban and the Caledonian Sleeper service is being reinstated after a successful trial last year.

The complimentary non-stop connection – available exclusively to Caledonian Sleeper guests – will connect Oban with the service’s nearest stop at Crianlarich.

Operated by West Coast Motors and funded by Transport Scotland, the new summertime connection will make it easier and more convenient for people to travel between Argyll and the UK’s capital city.

Ryan Flaherty, Serco’s Managing Director at Caledonian Sleeper, said: “One of our key priorities is to help improve connectivity for communities across Scotland and this bus link will help to do exactly that. Caledonian Sleeper is the most relaxing way to travel between Scotland and London and this new connection will make it even easier for people in Oban to get there.

“Oban and wider Argyll is an extremely popular tourist destination, both for London residents and people travelling from abroad, so this also provides a fantastic opportunity for Argyll’s thriving visitor attractions and accommodation providers to shout about this new link and attract more people into the area.” 

Caledonian Sleeper will also be working in partnership with CalMac Ferries to highlight the islands that can be reached from Oban.

Peter Griffith, Senior Marketing Manager, CalMac Ferries Ltd, said: “CalMac Ferries Ltd is delighted to be working with Caledonian Sleeper and West Coast Motors to help people discover Scotland’s Hebridean Islands.”

The Oban bus service will run at 19:40 on Sundays and at 20:30 Monday to Friday, with a return service from Crianlarich railway station on Monday to Saturday mornings in line with the Caledonian Sleeper timetable. The Oban bus service will operate up to the 29 September 2018 (inclusive).