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A year after Scotland's offer of free bus travel for under 22s came into effect, just over a third of those eligible in the Outer Hebrides have taken up the offer.

The take up of the Scottish Government-backed bus pass is currently 36.8%, miles behind Edinburgh at 83.4%, Shetland at 63.2%, and Orkney at 41.2%.

Nationally, almost 400,000 of an eligible 930,000 Scottish young people haven’t bothered to obtain a free bus travel pass.

The low take up for the bus scheme is blamed on the lack of buses and patchy services.

The Scottish Government claims that take up of the free bus travel offer will improve as more local authorities roll out their own bus services.

Of the three island local authorities, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is the only one to run bus services.

Last year, Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan called for the scheme to be extended to include ferry travel.