Helmsdale has better public transport links than most places north of Inverness. The X99 bus service follows the A9 and the east coast throughout its route between Inverness and Wick / Thurso (6 buses/day in each direction). The railway route (4 trains/day in each direction) deviates inland to Lairg and again north of Helmsdale. There is a local bus service between Helmsdale and Lairg (3 times/day in each direction).
Helmsdale is also served by a Community Minibus, which operates early morning connection services to Inverness, via Brora. Details from Helmsdale Service Point (details on Helmsdale page).
There will also be the opportunity to ‘hire/rent’ an electric car from the community, with the recent addition of an electric car charging point (Turbo) located in the centre of the village.
Rail timetable and connections https://www.scotrail.co.uk/sites/default/files/assets/download_ct/sr1505_north_highlands_0.pdf
Bus timetable (X99)_ http://www.stagecoachbus.com/X99%20Route.aspx
MacCleod’s bus service (Helmsdale – Brora – Golspie – Rogart – Lairg) http://www.macleodscoaches.co.uk/timetable_lairg_to_helmsdale.htm