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Sun. 07th March 2020 – Isle of Bute

£25 per person

+ £6.30 per person for the return ferry to the Isle of Bute

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Guaranteed pick up/drop off always from the Stirling area, places along the way, anywhere on private tours & outwith the Forth Valley on request depending on distance & booking numbers

Tourstyle:

  • medium distance multi-stop day tour allowing for some free time, flexible activities, history, architecture, beaches, wildlife, nature and more

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Scenic day tour to the Isle of Bute

We will be aiming for  Wemyss Bay 10.30 am – 11.05 am** Rothesay / Bute Sunday ferry ( unless the group prefers to travel 1.5 hours earlier ferry and leave the Stirling area really early)

The return fare per passenger is £6.30 to pay in addition to the tour cost

Places, we will visit on the Isle of Bute:

  • Kilchattan bay
  • Blane chapel, iron age fort with best views of Arran
  • Scalpsie bay beach and walk to the seal colony
  • Ettrick bay beach
  • Scenic Kyle of Bute
  • Port Bannatyne
  • Rothesay, pier, gardens, towns and castle  (entrance fee applies)

 

Departing Rothesay/Bute @ 15.00 hours – to arrive back into Wemyss Bay at 15.35 hours**/***

Depending on the weather and traffic and if still have one more Clyde coast beach or another stop or not, we should be arriving back into Stirling sometime around/after 6pm

(Should you wish to visit the amazing Mount Stuart 

please let us know, so we can arrange a private small group tour for during the season, when it is open)

**Please note, if you, the participants on this tour prefer different ferry timings and other timings suit you better, provided everyone in the group is happy, we might be able to to request and change these times


Alternative return route for a more scenic round tour

*** On the way back we also have another optional alternative return route via the Cowal ferry and via Loch Lomond back to Stirling – we could return the same route via Greenock/Inverclyde/Glasgow but this is Scotland’s largest urban area and on the way back on a Sunday afternoon roads are a busier and our quiet 1.5 hour journey outbound is likely to be closer to 2.5 hours after we arrive back off the ferry in Wemyss Bay on the mainland and stuck in traffic on motorways and on the motorway right through the big city,

whereas on the itinerary below, 

we are offering the very best & many places & most stunning itinerary on our way back:

Sample round trip route – out on the Wemyss Bay/Inverclyde to Rothesay/Isle of Bute ferry and return via the Rhubodach/Isle of Bute to Colintraive/Cowal peninsula ferry

(1) Assuming every single tour participant is ok to leave 1 hour early, i.e. to leave the Stirling area by 6.45 am

(2)  Journey from Stirling to the Wemyss Bay ferry

1.5  hours journey time, including the scenic coastal Gourock – Lauderston – Inverkip  route

  • Driving on the motorway right through the centre of Glasgow
  • We will be able to see some of the famous landmarks, especially when we cross the Kingston bridge over the River Clyde
  • We pass Glasgow airport on the right and the historic University town of Paisley on the left
  • We finally have the River Clyde on our right and on our opposite side can see Dumbarton rock & castle, capital of the Kingdom of Strathclyde, the ancient Britons, before they were conquered by the Vikings after 900
  • We drive past the former dockyards and the power house of the industrial revolution, James Watt was from Greenock, where from the 1800s up until the 1960ies a large part of British ships were built.
  • Past Greenock & its scenic promenade, one of Scotland’s largest cruiseship ports, the River Clyde widens and we have stunning views across over to Helensburgh, Kilcreggan and the mountains in the Highlands on the Cowal peninsula – we pass Gourock from where regular ferries travel over to Dunoon/Cowal peninsula and Kilcreggan
  • Past Gourouck the views across the Firth of Clyde become more and more spectacular, drive past Lauderston the Kip marina, with its many yachts and great views

 

(3)  We arrive at Wemyss Bay for 8.15 am

Check in closes at 8.30 am and the ferry leaves at 9.00 am

There is a cafeteria for breakfast on board

  • Arriving at 9.35 am in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute

 

(4) Scenic drive along the coast and Ascog gardens to Kilchattan bay 30 minutes

  • Mount Stuart opens at the end of March and pre-bookings now are only possible from Monday to Friday-
  • We will go and see if the gates for a photostop are open, but I doubt it
  • Arriving into Kilchattan Bay around 10.10 am

Beach and southern end of the West Island Way, great walking options / leave by 10.30 am

(5) around the coast by the ancient St. Blane’s church (that is the same saint Dunblane is named after) and Dunagoil Fort you have an absolutely spectacular view south and across to the Isle of Arran and Goatfell its highest 900 m high mountain, optional walk arriving there around 10.45 am / leave by  11.15 am (the alternative is just a photostop from the main road and gain an extra 30 minutes for all else)

 (6)  Around 11.25 noon we arrive at Scalpsie Bay and

  • The beach
  • The walk to the seals
  • The awesome views over to the Isle of Arran, Goatfell and the scenery all around are our highlight

We should give ourselves 1 hour+ for this, aiming to leave Scalpsie bay around 12.30 noon

(7) It is another 20 minute drive to Ettrick Bay, with the Ettrick bay & beach tea room / for a photostop / leave by 1pm

(8) We head via the stunning coastal route along picturesque Port Bannatyne and would arrive into Rothesay for a late afternoon lunch, around 1.20pm  to include a walk along the pier, the esplanade, the “famous Victorian WC”, the tourist info has a great exhibition, the castle, the historic precinct, the wee shops, soaking up a bit of the athmosphere and leave by 2.40 pm

(9) Scenic drive towards the Kyle of Bute, stunning mountains all around, coastal scenery is awesome, we arrive around 3 pm in Rhubodach for the 3.10 pm ferry

(10) 300 m ferry journey – arriving on the dramatic Cowal peninsula at 3.15 pm in Colintraive

(11) Spectacular drive to one  of the most spectacular viewpoints in Scotland overlooking the Isle of Bute, the Kyle of Bute, the mountains and the sea all the way to the horizon above Tighnabruich 3.35 pm to 3.45 pm

(12) Dramatic journey through the Cowal peninsula, up rest and be thankful, the Loch Long seafjord, Arrochar and up to Tarbet/Loch Lomond to Luss – great place to go for a beach/pier/village/church/Viking stone/pilgrimage way – walk / arrive 5 pm – it is starting to get dark – leave 5.30pm

(13) Sunset from Portnellan farm 6pm – 6.15 pm, one of the most stunning settings overlooking Loch Lomond and the islands

(14) If there is still any daylight left, drive via thescenic route via the Campsies and Fintry back to Stirling, but it is dark

Back in Stirling around approx. 7.15 pm – 7.30 pm


Isle of Bute

Rothesay/Isle of Bute – weather forecast


Status of this tour 

Minimum number of paid/booked individual spaces to guarantee the running of this tour

  • 6

 

How to enquire, book & pay

  1. If you are interested in this tour, you let us know by either emailing contact@unicorntravel.co.uk, use our enquiry form or text or phone us 07429251980. This also gives you a chance to ask any questions, you may have.
  2. Once the minimum number of interested individuals has been reached, we contact everyone, if they still wish to join the tour and are ready to book and pay.
  3. Once the minimum number of individuals have paid, the tour is then a guaranteed departure.
  • Payment/booking deadline: booking deadline tba

If the minimum number of seats has not been reached by the booking deadline, any money already paid will be refunded back to you in full

Pick up times & Stirling/Uni & other pick up locations to be confirmed once we know all the participants’ preferences