Isle of Bute - Bluebird Project crew training 4th - 16th August 2018

  A mere thirty minute ferry ride from Glasgow lies the Isle of Bute, an exquisite, cookie-cut piece of premium Scotland in all its beauty dropped into the Clyde within easy reach for a break to suit all tastes. 

 Fancy a round of golf? There’s a quality course on the island. Or perhaps a spot of fishing? Take your pick, Loch Fad is teeming with trout and pike or choose a rock edge and contemplate the world while you fish for flatties and wrasse. Lots of local eateries for when you’ve worked up that appetite, cafés, ice cream, restaurants and the staples – Chinese, Indian, it’s all there, and bars too for later on. Rent a cottage and have a BBQ, go sailing, take in the local scenery and architecture – Mount Stuart House is utterly stunning, get married there, even, Stella McCartney did. Or just use the island as a base to make further forays up the west coast – there’s a quaint little ferry at the north end that’ll whisk you across in no time flat.

 The Bluebird Project is going there to learn to handle a two-ton jet hydroplane – yikes!

 You see, it’s half a century since anyone put her in the water then got her back out again. Or put fuel in and started the engine whilst afloat. No one knows how she handles or the best way to jump out in a hurry if needs-be. We need to work all these things out so the name of the game is crew training. Come and watch us fumble about, drop things in the loch then have to send divers down to get them back. Enjoy the sight of us stood in a huddle scratching and shaking our heads. Come and have a beer with us afterwards and we’ll tell you what went wrong but, be patient and you may just see this icon hitch up her skirts and skim the length of Loch Fad in a cloud of noise and spray.

 There is no itinerary because we have to approach and solve problems in a methodical way and we may also take a day off to go to the highland games on the 11th, with the boat, of course, so you’ll get to see whatever is going on at the time so best come for a few days to be sure of some action. We’ll also be keeping folks up to date by the usual methods so keep your phones close.

- Bill Smith

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  Mount Stuart




Discovery Centre


Travel to the Isle of Bute/Loch Fad

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 routes to the island. The scenic way (approximately 75 miles by car from Glasgow) takes you along the shores of Loch Lomond and through the Arrochar Alps in the heart of Argyll. This is some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland. Skirting the top of Loch Fyne, with views across to Inveraray Castle, you head south 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.

The principal route to the island is by car & passenger ferry from Wemyss Bay. The crossing takes half an hour with sailings every 45mins at peak times. Wemyss bay can be reached by car or train from Glasgow Central station or Paisley station if you are flying into Glasgow International Airport. There is no need to book. Just turn up with at least 10mins to spare. A ticket seller will come to your car for your fare. You can download timetables for both routes by Clicking Here