With no public transport services available, residents of Appin who do not have their own transport can struggle to get around. Our Community Transport Scheme serves our older residents who choose to live an independent life in their own home but are no longer able or wish to drive themselves.
Typically journeys cover shopping trips, social events and other local travel on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition, from Monday to Friday the scheme attempts to meet the need for any essential medical appointments as required by members. To use the scheme, passengers must be pre-registered as a member. A modest fare is chargeable for each journey, as per the table on this website.
The scheme is operated by a pool of volunteer drivers, who generously give their time and assistance, as well as a part-time coordinator. The service is normally provided in our comfortable Volkswagen Sharan, which can also carry a passenger in their own wheelchair if necessary.
How the scheme works
To use the Appin Community Transport service you need to:
- Register as a member of the scheme
- Request a booking
- Pay a standard fare for each journey
The service is designed and licenced to meet the needs of our older residents in Appin including those with mobility problems. We are only able to accept as members any residents who meet the scheme criteria.
How to register
To register for the scheme simply contact our co-ordinator here>
As part of the registration process, our co-ordinator will arrange to meet with you and discuss your needs and requirements.
How to book
Once you are registered you can simply phone the transport co-ordinator to request a booking. We ask that you give as much notice as possible when making a booking, and at least 24 hours.
A standard fare is charged for each passenger journey - for local journeys in North Lorn and for hospital appointments. Journey Fares>
All of our drivers are volunteers and are members of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Adult Scheme. Read our safeguarding policy here.
Frequently asked questions for passengers
See the answers to frequently asked questions below, or click to download all questions and answers for passengers (PDF).
Fares: North Lorn
| From | To | Price (rtn) |
| Port Appin | Port Appin | £2.00|
| Appin | Appin | £2.00|
| Village to village: Appin, Port Appin, Fasnacloich | Local - village to village: Appin, Port Appin, Fasnacloich| £4.00|
| Local | Oban | £8.00|
| Local | Ballachulish/Glen Coe| £8.00|
| Local | Fort William | £10.00|
Fares: Hospital visits
| From | To | Price (rtn) |
| Local: Appin, Port Appin, Fasnacloich | Lorn and the Isles Hospital, Oban | £8.00 |
| Local: Appin, Port Appin, Fasnacloich | Belford Hospital, Fort William | £10.00 |
| Local: Appin, Port Appin, Fasnacloich | Vale of Leven, Alexandria | £35.00 |
| Local: Appin, Port Appin, Fasnacloich | Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley | £45.00 |
| Local: Appin, Port Appin, Fasnacloich | Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Glasgow | £45.00 |
| Local: Appin, Port Appin, Fasnacloich | Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow | £45.00 |
| Local: Appin, Port Appin, Fasnacloich | Royal Jubilee Hospital, Glasgow | £45.00 |
| Local: Appin, Port Appin, Fasnacloich | Raigmore Hospital, Inverness | £40.00 |
Our group of volunteer drivers is vital to operation of Appin Community Transport scheme and their individual contributions are greatly valued.
We are always keen to hear from anyone who thinks they may like to become a volunteer driver. For more information, please contact our community transport co-ordinator.
Community Transport Vehicle
The community transport vehicle is a VW Sharan, first registered in summer 2018. The car is an automatic and has a ramp plus internal fixings to accommodate a passenger with a wheelchair. A maximum of four passengers can be carried, with plenty of space also for shopping and any wheelchair or walking aids.
We recognise the significant commitment that each of our drivers is making and will ask at the outset how much time each month you are willing to give to the scheme. This helps us to draw up a basic journey schedule on a rolling eight week basis.
All of our drivers are required to become members of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Adult Scheme: see our safeguarding policy.
Frequently asked questions for drivers
See the answers to frequently asked questions below, or click to download all questions and answers for drivers (PDF).
Support both from the community of Appin and from elsewhere is vital to sustaining our community transport service so that it continues to meet the needs of our elderly residents into the future.
How you can support the Transport Scheme
- Volunteer as a driver - if you live locally, enjoy driving and can spare a few hours each month to help others within the community.
- Make a donation – to keep our fares at a level that is affordable for all our service users we need to receive funding donations to help cover our operating costs. If you would like to support our work with a donation please make a donation here.
- Offer sponsorship – if your organisation would like to offer financial sponsorship for our community transport service please contact us by phone, email or by message.
- Offer a grant – our community transport service is supported each year by organisations providing either capital or revenue (or both!) grants - see the list of our current supporters. If your organisation would like to offer a grant please contact us by phone, email or by message.
Our current supporters
We are extremely grateful to the following organisations, without whose support the service could not have been started, would not operate to the desired quality standard, and could not be sustained.
• Essentia Foundation
• Argyllshire Gathering Christmas Ball