Isle of Bute

The Waverley at Rothesay Pier

The Isle of Bute is an island in the Firth of Clyde, off the west coast of the mainland of Scotland.

Get in

Isle of Bute location

By sea

There are 2 ferry routes to Bute from the Scottish mainland.

Caledonian MacBrayne ferries run from Wemyss Bay in Inverclyde, to Rothesay, the only town on the island, and from Colintraive on the Cowal Peninsula, to Rhubodach in the north of the island.

In summer the paddle steamer Waverley calls at Rothesay on excursions.

By rail

Scotrail trains run from Glasgow Central to Wemyss Bay, and connect with the ferries. Rail/ferry through tickets are available.

By car

Wemyss Bay is just a few miles from the western end of the M8 motorway, via the A8 and A78, and so is easily accessible from the UK motorway network. Both of the ferry routes carry vehicles.

By air


Satellite view of the Isle of Bute

The only town on the island is Rothesay, and it is here that the majority of visitors arrive, on the ferry from Wemyss Bay. Rothesay is located mid-way along the east coast of the island.

Other villages on the island include:

Get around

By bus

West Coast Motors run bus services on the island. Tel: +44 1586 552319.

By bike

Cycling is the perfect way to explore the island. Cycle hire is available from The Bike Shed, located just a short distance along the shoreline from the ferry terminal in Rothesay. Tel: +44 1700 505515.




Port Bannatyne telephone box



Go next

The Waverley runs day trips in the summer to Cumbrae, Tighnabruaich, Tarbert, Arran and beyond. Unless you can arrange a helicopter or plane flight, the only way off the island is a ferry.

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