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Directions to the Cowal Penninsula and the Isle of Bute

The Cowal Penninsul and Isle of Bute are situated in Scotland’s Firth of Clyde, to the north of Arran. It is easily accessible taking an hour to drive from Glasgow to our regular ferry services. Trains are from Glasgow Central Station and Glasgow International Airport has good public transport links.

The easy route to Cowal takes the Western Ferry from Gourock directly to Hunter’s Quay in Dunoon. Drive south following the coast road through Dunoon, then Innellan through to Toward and Sea Kayak Argyll & Bute’s base.

If meeting on Bute, the principal route is by ferry from Wemyss Bay. The crossing takes half an hour with sailings every hour on the hour. Wemyss bay can be reached by car or train from Glasgow Central station or Paisley station if you are flying into Glasgow International Airport. There is no need to book. Just turn up with at least 10mins to spare to get tickets. You can download timetables for routes here.

The scenic route to Cowal and Bute (approximately 75 miles by car from Glasgow) takes you along the shores of Loch Lomond and through some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland and is great if you are traveling from the north or west of Scotland.

To get to Bute, take the ferry at Colintraive which takes just 5 minutes to cross to Rhubodach on Bute and the crossings are every half hour. Alternatively, drive south from Glasgow to Wemys Bay to get the ’big ferry.’

You can buy ’through route’ ferry tickets that allow you to arrive via the main ferry and leave by the north end route or vice versa.

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