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The most popular crossing to Bute is the ferry crossing from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay. The crossing takes around 40 mins and carries foot passengers, vehicles, and fieght. The service is run by Calmac and departure and arrival times can be found on the Calmac website.

Ticket for this service can not be booked in advance and are purchased made the ferry terminal prior to boarding.

The ferry can get busy during the summer, especially when their is an event taking place on the island.

There is a train station located at the ferry terminal with trains arriving and going to Glasgow Central. Train times are synchronised to match up with ferry arrival and departure times. Please check the Scot Rail website for times and costs.

Wemyss Bay is easily accessable by car from central Scotland and beyond, and is located on the Ayrshire coast. Here are examples of travel times:

By Car:
Glasgow to Wemyss Bay: 60 mins
Glasgow Airport to Wemyss Bay: 35 mins
Edinburgh to Wemyss Bay: 120 mins
Ayr to Wemyss Bay: 60 mins

For Yor Sat Nav: Wemyss Bay Ferry Terminal Postcode: PA18 6AR

By Train:
Glasgow Central to Wemyss Bay: 50 mins
Paisley Gilmour Street to Wemyss Bay: 40 mins


The most scenic way to arrive on Bute is to get the Colintraive to Rhubodach ferry. Located in the stunning Kyles of Bute, it is one of the shortest ferry crossings in the world, taking a matter of minutes to cross. The ferry carries both foot passengers and vehicles.The service is operated by Calmac and times and costs can be found on the Calmac website.

For those coming from the Glasgow area, your drive will take you along the banks of Loch Lomond, Loch Long and over the impressive rest and be thankful/Arrocher alps, before skirting along the banks of Loch Fyne and finally the breath taking Kyles of Bute.

This route is really only accessable by car as their is no bus or train service.

By Car:
Glasgow to Colintraive: 120 mins
Glasgow Airport to Colintraive: 105 mins
Edinburgh to Colintraive: 180 mins
Dunoon to Colintraive: 45 mins

For Your Sat Nav: Colintraive Ferry Terminal Postcode: PA22 3AP

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