Route Details



Wemyss Bay (WEM) - Rothesay (ROT)

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Service updates

Friday 5th June. 

Due to a forecast of strong winds there is a strong possibility of disruptions or cancellations to the service on Friday afternoon.

Reason: weather conditions

Supplementary information

Last Updated: 05 Jun 2020 05:55

Essential Lifeline Timetable - Find out more here

Scottish Government and Transport Scotland guidelines are in place. The advice is only to travel / use public transport if your journey is essential. Our capacity remains constrained. Please consider your need to travel so our service is available for those who need it most. Where your journey is essential, please follow updated advice on how to travel safely

CalMac is currently running an essential services timetable across our network in response to the Covid19 pandemic. This timetable will now be extended until at least 30 June 2020.

Read our update in full

All islands will receive a regular lifeline service ensuring essential goods and services are delivered. 

COVID-19 Update

Due to the Essential Lifeline Timetable currently in place, the opening hours for ports have changed. Please check the new opening hours here

As of  Saturday 28th March we will no longer be accepting cash on our ferries and at ports in response to concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic. See here for more information 

Due to the Covid-19 situation the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) have agreed to temporarily relax its rules on passengers being able to stay in their vehicles during some ferry journeys. 

This means that passengers can now stay in their cars when travelling from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay on the following sailings

Monday to Friday
Depart Rothesay 06:25, Depart Wemyss Bay 13:05

Depart Rothesay 08:00, Depart Wemyss Bay 16:50

Depart Rothesay 08:00, Depart Wemyss Bay 16:50

Please note vehicle numbers will be restricted on these sailings.

Rothesay Lifts

Please be advised that Lift  B is out of order in Rothesay Port.

Gourock Linkspan

Due to restrictions on the Gourock linkspan, in the event of the vessel being unable to berth at Wemyss Bay the service will divert to Gourock on a passenger only basis. Passengers will embark/disembark over the linkspan at Gourock so passengers with mobility issues can be accommodated. All vehicles will be diverted to the Rhubodach – Colintraive route and will be reimbursed for mileage for mileage up to 63 miles and the cost of the Western Ferries crossing. All passengers claiming the mileage must be in possession of a Rothesay – Wemyss Bay ticket which they can use on the Rhubodach – Colintraive crossing. Any claims submitted without the receipt for the Rothesay – Wemyss Bay ticket and Western Ferries ticket will be rejected.

Passengers travelling in a vehicle for which a commercial vehicle/coach ticket has been issued, are not entitled to be re-routed for the same ticket price, reimbursed for additional mileage cost incurred or to claim compensation, as these transactions are outside the provision of EU Regulation 1177/2010.