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Coronavirus ferry travel advice
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The Isle of Bute has two ports, Rhubodach in the North, and Rothesay in the East shore. From Rhubodach, ferries make the short journey to Colintraive in the Argyll and Bute region of mainland Scotland. The port of Rothesay connects Bute to Gourock, in the Inverclyde area on West Scotland as well as to the small town of Wemyss Bay on the border of Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.
You can book ferries from Bute simply and easily on AFerry. To get a better idea of the range of services available, please look at the departures board below.
Ferries to and from Bute
Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) Ferries operates a large variety of vessels. If the journey time is short, facilities may be limited. Otherwise, there is a full range including dining options and areas to enjoy a hot or cold drink or engage in a spot of souvenir shopping.
Rhubodach port facilities
The port of Rhubodach is a slipway and there are no facilities. The nearest amenities are in the towns of Ardbeg and Rothesay, approximately 7 and 8 miles away respectively. The A886 road on Bute leads to Rhubodach.
Rothesay port facilities
Rothesay is the principal town on the Isle of Bute, and because the town is built around the port all amenities are just a short 2 minute walk from the slipway. In the town you will find a selection of shops and banks. The A844 road on Bute leads to Rothesay.
The Isle of Bute may only be 15 miles long and 4 miles wide, but it is packed with things to see and do. On your approach to the island, you may be lucky enough to spot porpoises and seals swimming along side the ferry. On land, Bute has plenty to offer with walking trails, cycle routes, golf courses and superb restaurants.
Walking trails include the West Island Way, which runs the length of the island. The route offers spectacular views of the Bute coastline, as well as beaches, farmland and forests.
Rothesay, the principal town of Bute, boasts its very own castle. Built in the 13th century, the castle is remarkably well preserved and has a rich history to be explored.
Bute has a collection of beaches, with superb scenery. Ettrick Bay and Scalpsie Bay are the most popular for relaxing and taking in the sights.
With so much to see and do on this beautiful island, why not book your ferry to Bute simply and securely with AFerry. today?