Getting to Bute
Bute is easily accessible by regular ferry services from the mainland.
There are two ferry access ports to the island both operated by Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries.
Colintraive – Rhubodach
There is a tiny hop of 400m from the mainland having driven the scenic route from Glasgow (approximately 75 miles by car ) and 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.
Wemyss Bay – Rothesay
The principal route to the island is by car & passenger ferry from Wemyss Bay. The crossing takes 35 mins with sailings every 45mins – 1 hour depending upon the time of day. Just turn up and pay at the pierhead. If you’re not driving catch one of the frequent trains from Glasgow Central Station – jump on the train at Paisley if you have flown in to Glasgow Airport.
You can download current ferry timetables HERE
Getting to the start of Stage 1 of the Way at Kilchattan Bay
There is an hourly bus service from Rothesay (at the main Square) opposite the Pier. It takes you right to the start of Stage One of the West Island Way – it’s at the turning point where the bus route terminates.
For bus timetables click the link below: