Bus and Coach Hire Services

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Shiel BusesShiel Buses is a local family owned business in the Scottish Highlands celebrating over 40 successful years in business, providing bus and coach hire services throughout the West Lochaber area in Scotland and beyond.

Operating a fleet of 45 vehicles ranging in size from 16 seater luxury mini–coaches to 49 seater luxury coaches and the majority of which are DDA Compliant and wheelchair accessible. The business operation provides school and service contracts operating between Fort William and the Mallaig, Morvern and Ardnamurchan Peninsulas, Kinlochleven, Roy Bridge, Spean Bridge, Fort William town area. Private Coach Hire and individual coach and bus tours are also undertaken with a wealth of experience.


For more information please email us on info@shielbuses.co.uk

Latest Updates to Timetable


We have been having ongoing issues with Lochaber High School pupils either not displaying their bus pass when boarding the bus or not paying their fare. With the current situation, this is lost revenue we can ill afford.

Further to meetings with Highland Council and Lochaber High School, it has been confirmed that with effect from Monday 21st September any pupil that does not have a bus pass or bus fare will be refused travel and will be left at Lochaber Hig...h School after the school day. This does not apply to children traveling to rural/outlying areas.

Please note, Highland Council Schools have In-Service days on Monday 14th September and Tuesday 15th September 2020. As children will not be in attending schools, we will be running to School Holiday (SH) timings on those days.

The Highland Council have issued the following statement:

“From Monday 31 August 2020, the Scottish Government requires that pupils aged over 5 years should wear face coverings on all school transport (unless medically exempt). Face coverings are already required on public transport....

Reusable face coverings must be stored safely when not being worn, and single-use face coverings must be disposed of properly. It is parents’ responsibility to provide face coverings.”

School Bus Passes for 12th August 2020 to 9th October 2020  term will be on sale from 3rd August 2020 - 19th August 2020 (excluding weekends),  9am and 3pm

Due to current circumstances, please DO NOT come to buy or collect bus passes from our depot. We must adhere to social distancing in our offices and keep our employees safe. 

Due to further relaxing of travel restrictions and many shops and workplaces reopening, we continue to increase and resume our services. Please keep checking this page for any changes and updates.

Due to some relaxing in travel restrictions and increase in passenger numbers on some of our runs, we are slowly increasing our services. Please keep checking this page for any changes and updates.

Following the latest guidelines from Scottish Government, face coverings will be MANDATORY from Monday 22nd June 2020 on all of our buses.

Important information and guidelines from Transport Scotland - click here.

Please read the following from the Scottish Government: 

Please follow these latest Scottish Government steps for your own safety and the safety of others:

Latest Coronavirus COVID-19 timetable updates, safety advice and travelling information.