Residents of Hoy and Walls and visitors to the island travel around by using the Community Bus service.

The buses, run by the Island of Hoy Development Trust operate on a 'Hail and Ride' basis, and run on six days a week (no service on Saturday). They travel between Longhope and the ferry terminal at Lyness five times a day, meeting all but one of the scheduled ferry sailings. There are two trips to Moaness Pier on a Sunday, meeting the morning and evening sailings from Stromness. Each bus can carry up to 16 passengers at a time, with one of the vehicles being fitted with an electric lift, so that wheelchair users, with prior notice, can also travel on the bus.

Not only are the buses green in colour, they are also green in the way they operate. A hybrid drive system, using both a diesel engine and an electric motor, helps to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy. Since the introduction of the service, more than 2,000 journeys have been taken by passengers on the buses. Holders of Transport Scotland Concession Cards travel for free, with discounts being available for under -16s, return tickets and on the purchase of a block of 20 journey tickets.

Timetables for the service are available at JMF Groat (Island Shop) , Lyness ferry terminal, the Hoy Head Ferry, from the bus drivers and on the internet at

For more information, or for any comments on the service, please contact the Trust Office 01856 701356 or the drivers on 07833 777760 .

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See Website for timetable: