Getting to us

Regular Public transport is available to the main valley hub of Aviemore with options then for travel to Our Location.

By Bus

Service number 34 leaves Aviemore from outside the Police Station and also from the Railway Station Interchange. Buses leave hourly from 09.15 hrs until 17.15 hrs. Please check http://www.travelinescotland.com for a current timetable. Journey takes around 15 minutes.  You will then need to walk 0.75 mile to reach us.  There is a purpose built multi user path running alongside the road.

By Bicycle

Glenmore Lodge can be easily reached by an off road cycle track from Aviemore, around 8 miles. From the railway station turn left, past the petrol station and then turn left down a path which takes you under the railway. Turn right after 150m cross the river by the Old Bridge and onto the cycle path which runs alongside the B970. 45-60 mins here, 25-35 mins return.

Cycle friendly employer

In 2010 we became a Cycle Friendly Employer through Cycling Scotland, see their case study for more info click here.

Electric Car

In September 2015 we took the decision to add a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to our fleet of transit minibuses .

As well as transporting over 20000 students a year we were finding that increasingly we were needing transport to attend meetings, conferences, training events as well as col-lecting supplies and doing pick ups and drop offs at the station.

After looking at various options we took the decision to lease a Hybrid vehicle and settled on the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

Hybrid car 1

During deceleration (braking or coasting), the front and rear electric motors function as generators so that electricity can be generated and fed back into the main battery pack. The Regenerative Braking mode can be controlled by the paddles on the steering wheel in order to adjust how much power is re-stored into the battery.

The Outlander PHEV is a techno-logically advanced series parallel hybrid which is a vehicle that can use either an electric motor or an internal combustion engine (ICE) to power the wheels. The ICE can also provide additional power to the electric motor when additional acceleration is required, for example, when tackling steep hills.

The electric motor can be charged by plugging the vehicle into mains electricity and on a full charge the Outlander PHEV can travel up to 32 miles in pure Electric Vehicle (EV) mode. Once the battery power has been used the ICE takes over, so there is no need for the driver to be con-cerned about how much charge is left in the battery.

The car has been great for trips into Aviemore and back which can be done entirely on electric power. During the winter it was well used for doing drop offs and pick ups from Cairngorm Mountain, electric power was used driving up but we were able to start re-charging the battery on the way down by using the regenerative breaking function.

However MPG figures are not nearly as good as we were expecting, between Jan and March we achieved 41 MPG (mainly shorter journeys) and between April and June 34 MPG (mainly longer journeys). It is just slightly better than using one of our 9 seater Tourneos which we get around 33 MPG.

Hybrid 2

In 10 months approximately 22% of the miles travelled have been on short journeys.

34% of the miles travelled have been powered by electric.

50% of the miles have been for jour-neys to meetings.

28% of the miles have been for jour-neys with clients on courses.

The Outlander PHEV is tested under the New Euro-pean Driving Cycle (NEDC). This test is conducted on a ‘rolling road’ under laboratory conditions, follow-ing a defined cycle of accelerations, gear changes, steady speeds, decelerations and idling. The official test figures are 156 mpg.

Throughout the industry there is difficulty in calcu-lating the MPG for Plug In Hybrid Electric vehicles, however, over a week in the Outlander PHEV up to 220 miles could be travelled in Pure EV mode. It costs approximately £1 to charge the vehicle so this works out at £0.03 a mile!

 

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