Heading off for a relaxing break? Is jumping in the car and plugging in the post code to the Sat Nav the first thing you do?

It doesn’t have to be that way if you are coming to Bute.

We’re so close to the buzz of Scotland’s central belt and well served by roads and rail that you can reduce your carbon footprint by travelling by train, coach or even bicycle!

An advantage of coming by train or coach is that you can start your holiday that little bit earlier – why not fix yourself a picnic to enjoy with your friends or family while you travel? If you are coming by train, travel to Wemyss Bay is from Glasgow Central with many train routes in Scotland feeding straight into this wonderful old building in the centre of the city. It’s also full of great cafés and carry out food shops – you could even treat yourself to a tiny bottle of Prosecco!

Another advantage that rail and bus offers is that you don’t need to worry about parking.  Yes, there are lots of car-parking spaces at Wemyss Bay ferry terminal, but you could save yourself a headache (especially in peak holiday season) by leaving the car at home and coming by bus or train.  If you opt for the train, you won’t even get wet by the rain because there is a magnificent covered walkway between the railway station and the ferry office!

Leaving the car behind also means that you are only paying for passengers to travel over on the boat – which is less expensive than bringing your car.  And for cyclists, did you know that neither ScotRail nor Calmac charge to carry your bike?

Wemyss Bay is also served by many bus companies and there is a bus stop right at the ferry terminal, so please check with your local coach operators to see whether you can be dropped right at our door!

Tempted? You can book your rail and sail tickets at the same time, online!

Scotrail’s Spirit of Scotland travel pass includes travel on trains, buses, coaches and ferries. This winter, they are offering 20% off all Spirit of Scotland travel tickets. Choose from four days unlimited travel over eight consecutive days for just £111 (normally £139), or eight days unlimited travel over fifteen consecutive days for £143 (normally £179).  Perfect if you are fitting in a lot of travel!

And if you are coming by yacht, well that deserves a blog post all to itself!

PS – If you have concerns about getting around the island while you are here, we can put your mind at rest: West Coast Motors timetables are here and we have a plentiful supply of taxis too!  There is even a site-seeing bus that will take you right around the island (pictured above)

 

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