NTS: Corrieshalloch

Case Study

The Challenge

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) partnered with Cenex to start to explore how they could improve sustainable transport options for getting to Corrieshalloch Gorge, a protected natural site. With Corrieshalloch designated as a site of scientific interest and a national nature reserve, NTS faced the challenge of enhancing visitor access to such locations sustainably.

Cenex aimed to balance conservation efforts with facilitating public access, aiming for sustainable visitor experiences while minimising the impact of car congestion by investigating the feasibility of a shuttle bus service and exploring how this might be delivered.

The Development

The study delved into the potential of a shuttle bus service, analysing visitor numbers, arrival patterns, and origin-destination data for Corrieshalloch. It established a base case to evaluate setup and operational costs, exploring the feasibility of a shuttle bus between Ullapool and the Gorge.

Assessment of available electric vehicles, operational options, and insights from local engagement provided a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and partnership opportunities. The study explored potential routes to delivery through collaborative working with the community and local authorities.

The Result

The final report presented a compelling case for change, outlining the potential of a shuttle bus in the area. The key finding was that developing partnerships with the local community and authorities is highly beneficial in achieving sustainable rural transport options.

Cenex’s research highlights the complex challenges faced by remote sites transitioning to net zero and explores solutions to support NTS in maintaining the delicate balance between nature preservation and offering inclusive, beautiful experiences to all. NTS is leading the way and setting an example by taking on the challenge of rural transportation, this study demonstrates the need for collaboration to make a change.