Sperrin bus aims to reduce rural isolation

THE Sperrin Rambler bus service will aim to reduce social isolation in rural areas this summer.

The 403 Sperrin rambler service - ‘Let’s get out and get going’ - operated with support from the Rural Transport Fund, runs from Monday to Friday all year round.

Speaking about the service, Rural Transport Development Coordinator, Katy Lamont said summer offers a great opportunity to explore the Sperrin Mountains, the largest and least explored mountain range in Northern Ireland.

“Our Sperrin Rambler service offers reliable and comfortable bus travel for both local people and visitors to the area,” she added.

A Bus Rambler ticket is available at £9 per adult or £4.50 per child. A special Translink Family and Friends Ticket is also available on Saturdays and Sundays as well as during the main school summer break. It offers unlimited bus and rail travel for up to two adults and four children for just £20.

Elaine Donaghy, Acting Manager, Sperrins Tourism Ltd said the Rambler bus service is a great way to get out and get going, as it operates to a number of key stops throughout the Sperrins, including Cranagh, Plumbridge and Gortin.

“It’s the perfect way to see what’s on offer along part of the spectacular route of the Sperrins, which made it to 88th on National Geographic’s Top 101 most scenic drives for its wild beauty, ideal trails and dreamy villages,” she added.

Charmain Bell, Tourism Officer, Magherafelt District Council said the service allows passengers to sit back, relax and absorb the culture and heritage that exists within the area.

“Too often we rush around and miss out on the quality of the provision that is on our doorstep. I would encourage both locals and visitors to take the time to discover for themselves this landscape of outstanding natural beauty. It really is a hidden gem just waiting to be explored,” she added.

Pick up a copy of the Translink Rambler booklet at the Ulsterbus station or Tourist Information Centre. Alternatively, download a copy from www.translink.co.uk or call 028 90 66 66 30.