Stagecoach asked talented young people from West Scotland to hop aboard their buses and explore the stunning beaches, breathtaking parks and jaw-dropping historic castles during the summer holidays.

And wow, did they deliver.

The winners of the bus giant's Nature By Bus competition were three children from East Ayrshire, Alfie, Maya and Mason, who captured their journey to Culzean Castle in Ayr.

Ayr Advertiser: Nature by bus

It was a fun-filled day of adventure and nature, and they made some beautiful memories along the way.

Stagecoach employees surprised the winners with an exclusive VIP experience aboard the Nature by Bus Express with their photographs featured on the side – allowing the young winners to see their faces on a moving canvas.

To make them feel even more special, they had an exclusive, behind the scenes tour around Kilmarnock depot where they saw buses being maintained and painted.

Ayr Advertiser: Nature by bus

The morning finished with them hopping on and off the fleet at Kilmarnock, enjoying all buses – from old to new. They were extremely excited and are already planning their next adventure by bus with their free bus passes. In addition, runners up also received exclusive photography prizes and other exciting Stagecoach goodies.

The bus company competition aimed to inspire young people to explore the beauty of nature in West Scotland using their under 22s free bus pass.

The competition received an overwhelming response from talented individuals under 18 years old, capturing remarkable moments during their bus journeys.

Ayr Advertiser: Nature by bus

Fiona Doherty, managing director, Stagecoach said, "We were delighted to receive numerous entries from across West Scotland, demonstrating the enthusiasm and creativity of our young passengers.

"It was heartwarming to see the happy faces of children exploring nature and capturing their experiences through the lens of their cameras. We'd like to thank everyone who shared their summer adventures by bus with us."

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