Winter starts on Bute ferries this weekend

Winter timetables and fares on Bute's ferry routes come into effect this Sunday, October 21.
Winter timetables and fares on Bute's ferry routes come into effect this Sunday, October 21.

Winter timetables and fares on Bute’s two ferry routes, and throughout the Caledonian MacBrayne network, take effect from this Sunday, October 20.

Fares for tickets bought on Bute, which are charged at the winter rate throughout the year, remain the same, but prices for tickets bought at mainland terminals fall - for example, on the Wemyss Bay-Rothesay route the cost of a passenger five-day return falls from £8.35 to £7, and for a car five-day return from £33.50 to £26.75.

The one major timetable change for Bute this winter is on the Rhubodach-Colintraive route, where for the first time the evening timetable is extended by an hour, with last sailings at 8.55pm from Colintraive and 9pm from Rhubodach, as suggested by the Scottish Government’s Ferries Review in December 2012.

That apart, the timetables on both the Wemyss Bay and Colintraive routes are the same as in previous winters, with the Sunday timetable on the Wemyss Bay service reverting to an hourly frequency between 12 noon and 7pm.

The company’s winter timetables and fares operate until April 3, 2014.

Full details of CalMac’s winter timetables and fares for Bute are available at the following links:

Rothesay-Wemyss Bay timetables and fares

Rhubodach-Colintraive timetables and fares

In addition to the ferry timetable changes, this Saturday, October 20, is the last day of the summer-only extension of the local 90/490 bus service to and from Ettrick Bay.

Sunday bus times also change from October 21 - for more information contact the operator, West Coast Motors, on 01586 552319.