Iain Lynn Britain by Bus

Ever wondered what it would be like to travel the entire length of Britain by bus? One writer has, and you can read about his experience in a new online blog

Ten years ago, writer and photographer Iain Lynn underwent a 28-day journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats using only local buses.

Iain had originally intended to publish a book about his experience, but has instead used time offered by coronavirus COVID-19 to publish his story as a blog.

Titled ‘A Bus Journey Through Britain’ the online diary gives a snapshot, seen through Iain’s eyes, of Britain’s local transport services. He travels across major cities as well as remote countryside such as the Hebrides, Pennines and Peak District.

The history of the development of local public transport in Britain is explored. In total, Iain travelled on 82 buses, a community transport vehicle, four trams, a funicular cliff railway, and a hovercraft, giving a broad experience of Britain’s colourful transport network.

He also visited several transport museums and travelled on a number of historic preserved buses, one of which was still in regular service.

“I’d had a burning desire to do this trip ever since it occurred to me out of the blue that, because local bus services interconnect and overlap, it might be possible to travel all the way from Land’s End to John O’Groats simply by getting off one bus and onto another,” Iain says. “That sounded like a challenge!”

He adds: “It turned out to be a spectacular trip, always fascinating, sometimes fun and occasionally very frustrating! I’m delighted to be sharing it with other transport enthusiasts.”

Be sure to follow Iain’s blog to learn more about his journey.