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Getting to Bute

There are two main routes to the Isle of Bute.  Enjoy picturesque landscapes and clear coastal waters with a breathtaking scenic drive to the Colintraive ferry terminal.  Alternatively, you can escape quickly to the Isle of Bute via the Wemyss Bay ferry terminal which is also serviced by a direct train line from Glasgow Central Station getting you from Glasgow to Bute in an hour and a half.  Check the Caledonian MacBrayne website for seasonal crossing times and prices.


The Scenic Route


104 miles 2hr 46min

Enjoy this scenic route from Glasgow along the shores of Loch Lomond, through the Arrochar Alps in the heart of Argyll and skirting the top of Loch Fyne. Arriving at Colintraive ferry terminal for the 5 minute crossing to Rhubodach on Bute. From Rhubodach it is then just a 7-mile drive to Rothesay.

No advance booking is necessary on either of the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry routes. Simply turn up at the port of departure, buy a ticket, and go on the next available sailing.

The Quick Route


42.5 miles 1hr 51min

The principal and fastest route to the island. The ferry leaves from Wemyss Bay Terminal on the mainland, arriving at Rothesay on Bute. The journey takes 35 minutes.

Regular trains to Wemyss Bay leave from Glasgow Central Station and takes only 52 minutes. Alternatively, the Isle of Bute is only 33 miles from Glasgow by car and is easily accessible from the Scottish Central Belt.

No bookings are required on either of these Caledonian MacBrayne ferry routes!

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