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Rural communities in Highland to benefit from new mobile Post Office service

By Niall Harkiss

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Mobile post office will serve rural communities. Picture: Mark K Jackson
Mobile post office will serve rural communities. Picture: Mark K Jackson

Ten different rural communities across the Highland region are set to benefit from a new mobile Post Office.

The service, first started six months ago, is being operated by the postmistress for Dingwall, Alicen Lawrie.

The mobile facility has restored Post Office services to the communities of Evanton, Ardross, Rosehall, Munlochy, Dochgarroch, Dores and Farr.

Additionally, this mobile service provides a temporary service to the local communities of Dalneigh, Hilton and Conon Bridge while a permanent solution is being determined.

From the week commencing May 10, the Post Office will introduce new operating times for Dochgarroch, Dalneigh, Dores, Hilton, Munlochy, Rosehall and Evanton.

The service starts with Evanton on a Tuesday at the car park, Balconie Street, Evanton, IV16 9UB, from 8.45– 10.45am. It also visits on a Thursday from 12.15 – 2.15pm.

Next stop is at Ardross, car park, Community Hall, Ardross, Alness, IV17 0XW, on a Tuesday from 11 – 11.30am.

Rosehall mobile service is at the layby across from Rosehall Church of Scotland, Rosehall, Lairg, IV27 4BD, on a Tuesday from 12.15 – 1.15pm.

Conon mobile service is at the car park in High Street, Conon Bridge, IV7 8HA, every Tuesday from 3 – 4pm and every Thursday from 9.15 – 10.15am.

The service for Hilton is now on a Wednesday from 9 – 10.30am at Tomatin Road, Inverness, IV2 4UA, close to The Three Little Bakers/Anchor Café.

Farr receives a visit at the car park, Farr Community Hall, Inverarnie Park, Inverness, IV2 6AX on a Wednesday from 10.45 – 11.15am.

There will also be a change of locations for Dores and Hilton as the postmistress believes that these new locations will better serve these communities.

The Dores stop is now beside Ness Gifts, Lochness, Dores, IV2 6TS. The Hilton stop is now Tomatin Road, Inverness, IV2 4UA close to The Three Little Bakers/Anchor Café.

Dores mobile service is now on a Wednesday from 11.45am – 12.45pm besides Ness Gifts, Lochness, Dores, IV2 6TS.

Dochgarroch mobile service visit is now on a Wednesday from 1.15 – 1.45pm, at the car park, An Talla, Dochgarroch Cottages, Dochgarroch Lock, Inverness, IV3 8JG.

Dalneigh mobile service is now on a Wednesday from 2 – 3.30pm outside Dalneigh Pharmacy, Laurel Avenue, Inverness, IV3 5RP.

Munlochy is now served on a Thursday from 10.45 – 11.45am at Munlochy car park, Millbank Road, Munlochy, IV8 8ND.

David Duff, Post Office network provision lead, said: "We are delighted with this brand-new mobile Post Office serving these 10 communities, which restored Post Office service to these communities.

"We thank the postmaster for Dingwall for operating these mobile Post Offices as we know how important a Post Office is to a community. The six-month review has allowed us to make adjustments to the route, days and times that communities are visited."

Due to technical reasons, the Post Office has been unable to provide a mobile service at Glenmoriston as originally planned.

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