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The layout for the  Highland Games’ showground (located at The Stadium, High Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 9BS – a comfortable 15-minute walk from the Ferry Terminal) will be published closer to the date.

This year we will be making revisions to our usual showground layout, as set out below, once arrangements for the positioning of extra bands involved with the RSPBA Glasgow & West of Scotland Pipe Band Championships have been finalized.


Games' plan 2016



The Isle of Bute is situated in Scotland’s Firth of Clyde, to the north of Arran, and is easily accessible by regular ferry services from the mainland. There are two ferry access ports to the island both operated by Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries.

Wemyss Bay – Rothesay

The principal route to the island is by car & passenger ferry from Wemyss Bay.  The crossing takes 35 mins with sailings every 45mins/1 hour depending upon the time of day. If you are coming by car there is no need to pre-book, just arrive and pay at the pier-head.

If you’re travelling by train, there is a frequent service from Glasgow Central Station which also stops en route at Paisley Gilmour Street, thus easily accessed for travellers who have flown in to Glasgow Airport.

For Calmac Ferries’ summer timetable – click here.

Colintraive – Rhubodach

There is a tiny hop of 350m from the mainland for those having driven the “scenic route” from Glasgow (approximately 75 miles by car) which takes you along the shores of Loch Lomond and through the Arrochar Alps in the heart of Argyll.

This route offers some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland.  Stop at the top of “Rest and Be Thankful” and admire the beautiful landscape.  You then head south, skirting the top of Loch Fyne with views across to Inveraray Castle, and arrive at the Colintraive ferry for the 5-minute crossing to Rhubodach on Bute.  The crossings are frequent, so if you just miss the boat it’ll be back soon!  Rothesay is about 7 miles from here.

For Calmac Ferries’ summer timetable – click here.


TRAVELLING TO BUTE BY PADDLE STEAMER !! (Half price entry to games!)

If you’re looking for a truly different and more magical way to travel to the Isle of Bute on the day of the Games then the magnificent Waverley Paddle Steamer will fit the bill perfectly.

The following links will help you plan the occasion:-

For Waverley Excursions main website – click here




Bute is perfectly placed in terms of access to both Glasgow Airports (Glasgow International and Prestwick) and only an extra 45 mins or so beyond Glasgow to Edinburgh Airport.

Glasgow Airport

If you are flying in to Glasgow International, there is car hire available.  Wemyss Bay is about 35-40 mins (approx. 25 miles).  Alternatively a short taxi or bus ride takes you to Paisley Gilmour Street station for a connecting train to the pier at Wemyss Bay.

Prestwick Airport

This airport is the West of Scotland Ryanair hub with many incoming flights.  You can also rent a car here and the connection to Wemyss Bay by road takes between 45–50 mins (approx. 35 miles).

Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport is also a Ryanair hub – mostly for northern European routes.  The road connection from here to Wemyss Bay takes about 1.5 hrs (approx. 72 miles), but is motorway for all but the final 10 miles or so.

 N.B.:   All timings quoted above are traffic dependent.