There are two routes to the island.
Wemyss Bay Rothesay – 35 mins
The principal route to the island is by car & passenger ferry from Wemyss Bay. The crossing takes half an hour with sailings every 45mins at peak times. Wemyss bay can be reached by car or train from Glasgow Central station or Paisley station if you are flying into Glasgow International Airport. There is no need to book. Just turn up with at least 10mins to spare and buy your ticket at the office on the pier.
Colintraive – Rhubodach – around 5 mins
The scenic way (approximately 75 miles by car from Glasgow) takes you along the shores of Loch Lomond and through the Arrochar Alps in the heart of Argyll. This is some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland. Stop at the top of “Rest and Be Thankful” and admire the view. Skirting the top of Loch Fyne, with views across to Inveraray Castle, you head south and arrive at the Colintraive ferry for the 5 minute crossing to Rhubodach on Bute. The crossings are frequent, so if you just miss the boat it’ll be back soon. Rothesay is about 7 miles from here.
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From the ferry terminal at Rothesay, turn right and go along the seafront road, Argyle Street, for about 300 yards. Grand Marine Court is on the left, just before the Pavilion. Parking is at the rear of the property.
The flat is just a five minute walk from the ferry terminus & Rothesay town centre, which has plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. Rothesay is Bute ’s main town, and there is an excellent tourist office in the Discovery Centre, which also houses an exhibition about the Isle of Bute.
Rothesay is the perfect base for exploring the Isle of Bute. Fifteen miles long and five miles across at its widest point, the island is home to many historical sites including Rothesay Castle and Mount Stuart House, beautiful gardens and walks for all abilities. Bute has a good public transport system if you do not have a car. For more information on the island, please visit www.visitbute.com.