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Local Information

Dining Out

If the kitchen isn’t your favourite room in the house you’ll be pleased to know there are plenty of hotels nearby to satisfy your hunger. All of these local watering holes are within 15 minutes easy drive of The Poor House. For a very modest charge we are happy to taxi small groups to and from any one of these venues.


Transport for Tongue (T4T) provide regular bus services to Durness, Lairg & Inverness. T4T are the only bus operator currently providing a direct service from Inverness to Tongue. For more information & timetables please click here to visit their website.

The D&E Coaches Bike Bus operates between May and September providing transport not just for you but for your bike too! The service leaves Inverness Bus Station and travels west to Durness visiting Ullapool, Lochinver, Kinlochbervie, with many additional drop off points along the way. For more information & timetables please click here to visit their website.

Traveline Scotland is a great place to start planning your journey on public transport, go here for information and timetables.

The Post Bus. To the best of my knowledge Route 134 is the only remaining post bus currently in operation throughout The Highlands! The service continues to operate 6 days a week between Lairg and Tongue. Journeys cost between £2 and £5 one way and the limited number of seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis! For the latest updates and a full timetable of Route 134 (Tongue-Talmine-Tongue-Lairg) go here.

Post Office & Bank

There is a Post Office and RBS Bank in the centre of Tongue village. As well as providing a good selection of newspapers, magazines, groceries, and the usual services associated with your local Post Office, they have a small coffee shop in the front of the store. Cash machines are available inside the Post Office and The Ben Loyal Hotel.

The bank is closed for lunch between 12.30 and 13.00

RBS Opening times

  • Monday 10:00 – 15:00
  • Tuesday 10:00 – 15:00
  • Wednesday – Closed
  • Thursday 10:00 – 15:00
  • Friday 10:00 – 15:00
  • Saturday & Sunday – Closed
  • Fuel & General Stores (Spar)

    There is a larger general store in the lower part of Tongue village. Here you will find petrol and diesel fuel pumps, firewood and off-licence. The shop is clearly signposted on the left as you travel towards Durness, before you reach the Kyle Crossing. They also provide mobile phone top-ups.

    The Poor House, Strathtongue, Tongue, Sutherland, IV27 4XR - 01847 611798