FERRY HOP TO CREAR VIA THE BEAUTIFUL ISLAND OF BUTE

Take a few days to make the journey to or from Crear island hopping via beautiful Bute

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WEMYSS BAY STATION

HOP ON A TRAIN FROM GLASGOW TO WEMYSS BAY AND CATCH THE FERRY OVER TO ROTHESAY ON THE ISLE OF BUTE. 

This is one of the most AMAZING stations in the UK! It was designed by James Miller in 1903 for the Caledonian Railway. If you're driving, pop in for a peek at the station while parked up in the ferry queue!

First stop is this architectural gem on the west coast of Scotland, often called most beautiful station in the UK! It has the most stunning curved glass and iron structure, and was built as the interchange terminal between the Rothesay steamer ferries and the steam trains from Glasgow. Wenyss Bay has frequent train services to Glasgow. 

The gorgeous walkway from the station down to the ferry terminal was designed by James Miller and enabled a whole train of happy daytrippers and holidaymakers to disembark, trundle down the platform with their luggage and stream on to the ferry in just a few minutes. That’s why there’s hardly a single right angle in the building – it’s all gentle curves – to carefully guide large crowds of people along without impeding their flow. 

What’s even less well known about this station is that it’s full of international influences. Not only is the long, wide sweeping corner-less design inspired by then-modern stations in the USA, but there’s an Italianate feel to the clock tower, perhaps a little French Renaissance to the road-side elevation – and even Japanese pagoda turrets on the end of the pier building.

It’s an architectural theme park! 

BEAUTIFUL BUTE

Beautiful Bute is one of the most accessible Scottish islands, just a short ferry ride across the Firth of Clyde. You'll see on your Crear Wedding Map how close it is to both Glasgow and Prestwick International airports. 

For such a compact island, Bute has some extraordinarily varied landscapes. From the lush, fertile and rolling hills of the island's heart to the craggy, heather-covered moorlands of the north and the delightful sandy beaches around the coastline, the island is a haven for walking, cycling, fishing and wildlife. 

ROTHESAY CASTLE

From Wemyss Bay to the Victoriana meets Art Deco-style resort of Rothesay, with its palm trees and promenade, takes just over half an hour on the ferry.

Attractions include Rothesay Castle, the stately home at nearby Mount Stuart, and some of the country's best toilets!

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A visit to Mount Stuart is a must see!

Mount Stuart’s architectural journey is a story in itself. The original house was built in 1719, but was severely damaged by fire in 1877. Most of the contents survived, along with the wings of the building. These were incorporated into the house you see today, which was built in the late 19th century. 

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Inside, design inspired by astrology, art and mythology dazzles. See a map of the stars on the ceiling of the Marble Hall. Take the spiral staircase to what is believed to be the world’s first domestic heated swimming pool. This house is filled with innovations – from an early telephone system to the Victorian passenger lift.

THE PERFECT CAMPERVAN SPOT ON YOUR WAY TO CREAR

Ettrick Bay is the most fabulous spot to park up in your campervan!

THE CREAR BAR SERVES BUTE GIN

Pop in and see how its made! 
This quaint Scottish island is the driving force behind this small batch distillery. The products are crafted with care in the heart of Rothesay using a traditional copper still with botanicals sourced from across the island and nearby areas to create this delicious gin.

RHUBODACH TO COLINTRAIVE

From the Isle of Bute, take the ferry which only takes a few minutes, from Rhubodach to Colintraive, a small village which sits at the narrowest point along the shores of the Kyles of Bute.

PORTAVADIE TO TARBERT

Half an hour drive on, you can catch another ferry from Portavadie to the pretty fishing village of Tarbert, where for those inviting lots of guests, we suggest this is one of the places they stay for your Crear Wedding! 

Not all the ferry routes and sailings are marked on the Wedding Map.

Check the Calmac Ferry website to plan your route.

Tarbert, a very pretty fishing village is the nearest wee cosmopolitan hot spot with shops south of Crear.
It's the ideal base for your wedding guests to stay and make a long weekend of your wedding celebration. 
Gather everyone together the night before in one of the local restaurants or meet up the following day.

Send a Crear Wedding Map, illustrated by Caroline Whitehead, to all your guests! Just email hello@crear.co.uk and they'll arrive in the post. Please ensure we have your up to date address. We just ask that you pop a minimum donation of £1 per map to your favourite charity.