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Nearest travel links

Ferry Wemyss Bay
Train station Wemyss Bay
Car Car not necessary

Activities near Isle of Bute

Sports Golf course on site or within 15 min walk, Horse riding, Fishing
Great for Walking holidays, Rural or countryside holidays, City breaks, Cycling holidays

How to get there

Getting to Bute is really easy. It is one of Scotland's most accessible islands. There are hourly trains from Glasgow to Wemyss Bay, where you catch the ferry to Rothesay. The train journey takes less than an hour. There are ferries every 45 minutes and the crossing takes 35 minutes.

Check the train timetable at First ScotRail where the Wemyss Bay timetable is "Route 16 Glasgow - Wemyss Bay/Gourock." The Wemyss Bay/Rothesay ferry timetable can be seen on the Caledonian MacBrayne Website, where you can also check the Colintraive/Rhubodach timetable.

Car drivers often enjoy the longer but more scenic drive to Colintraive in Argyll, where the ferry crossing to Rhubodach on Bute takes a mere 5 minutes.

From the ferry terminal in Rothesay turn left and drive along the coast road for just over 1 mile. Just past the Craigmore Tearoom turn right up Albany Road, following the signs for Ardencraig Gardens. Turn left at the top into Crichton Road and where the road bends sharply to the right continue straight on, keeping to the left. This is Ardencraig Road. You will come to a small white lodge house outside the entrance to Ardencraig House. Come up the private driveway and park on the left hand side.