Mystery of the former Highland bus stop turned into a greenhouse


MYSTERY Highlanders have turned a disused bus stop into a greenhouse.

Jeff Harrison spotted the unusual bus stop on his travels around the north coast of Scotland and posted a picture of it on social media earlier this week.

The improvised hothouse is filled with numerous varieties of flowers and bushes, as well as gardening equipment such as watering cans and topsoil.

The former bus stop is on the A836 between the villages of Coldbackie and Bettyhill, about 20 miles west of Thurso.

But the identity of the green-fingered locals who transformed the bus stop into a haven for plant life remains a mystery.


The improvised greenhouse was spotted on the north coast of Scotland
The improvised greenhouse was spotted on the north coast of Scotland


Mr Harrison, from Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross, said: “It was when I was doing the North Coast 500 road trip that I came across the bus shelter being used as a greenhouse.

“We were just exploring when we came across it. The shelter doesn’t appear to be in use as the timetable was completely blank.

“It’s quite a remote area and it wasn’t really obvious who had done it as there were only a few small houses around there.

“Hats off to whoever has made it because it’s a great use of an otherwise unused space.”

Fellow Facebook users were equally impressed by the “ingenuity” of the creation.

Patricia Van Der Stighelen said: “Wow, the ingenuity of some folk is incredible. I would love to stand waiting for a bus in that shelter.”

Whilst Moira Taylor commented: “Might as well make use of it! Like using red phone boxes for libraries.”

This isn’t the first time a bus shelter has been renovated for another use in Scotland.

A bus stop on the island of Unst, Shetland Islands, has consistently hit the headlines in recent years for its many different wacky and wonderful uses.

Each year it is re-decorated with previous themes including the former South African President Nelson Mandela and the Queen’s Jubilee, whilst in 2010 people were invited watch the World Cup on a TV inside the stop.