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Rothesay Ferry

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Rothesay Ferry
Location Map ( geo)
Ferry approaching Rothesay - Geograph - 530052.jpg
The MV Bute
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From:  Wemyss Bay
To:  Rothesay, Bute
Distance:  11.5 km (7.1 miles)
Buteshire • Renfrewshire
Current Operator
Caledonian MacBrayne
£20.20 (Car + driver, 2009)
On road(s)
 • A78 • A844
Crossings related to the A78

In addition to the Wemyss Bay service, Bute can also be accessed by the Kyles of Bute Ferry from Colintraive on the Cowal peninsula to Rhubodach on the A886 at the northern end of Bute.


Two ferries, the MV Bute and MV Argyle now operate on this service, taking 35 minutes to cross. They run between 7am and 8pm, later on summer weekends, and allow some Bute residents to commute to Glasgow each day for work. During the worst winter storms, the ferries sometimes divert to Gourock as a port of refuge which is somewhat less exposed than Wemyss Bay. During the winter of 2015/6 this became the mainland port for the service whilst the pier at Wemyss Bay was redeveloped.


In 1963 this service operated in conjunction with a Wemyss Bay - Millport (Cumbrae) service. The ferry could carry 30-35 cars and took half an hour. The cost for a car was from £1 16S - £3, depending on length, and this excluded pier dues!


Name IMO Operator Dates Notes
Argyle 9365178 Caledonian MacBrayne 2007-date 60 cars
Bute 9319741 Caledonian MacBrayne 2005-date 60 cars
Coruisk 9274836 Caledonian MacBrayne 2004-date 40 cars (Relief vessel)
Saturn 7615490 Caledonian MacBrayne 1977-2007 38 cars
Juno 7341063 Caledonian MacBrayne 1986-2006 38 cars (Relief vessel)
Jupiter 7341051 Caledonian MacBrayne 1986-2006 38 cars (Relief vessel)
Glen Sannox 5131816 Caledonian MacBrayne 1970 - 1972 Also briefly during 1977 until Saturn was ready


Wemyss Bay Side

Route To Notes




Largs, Irvine

Rothesay Side

Route To Notes


Rhubodach, Ettrick Bay


Mount Stuart, Ascog


Rothesay Ferry
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Other nearby roads
Wemyss Bay
NCN753 • A78 • A742 • A770 • T91 (Britain)
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