Wemyss Bay

Wemyss Bay is often used as the jumping off point for ferries to Rothesay, but stick around – the town has its own attractions. One of the most notable aspects of Wemyss Bay is its iconic railway station, which is regarded as one of Scotland’s best railway stations in architectural terms. It is a category A listed building.

Wemyss Bay Railway Station marks the end of the Inverclyde Line, with direct trains running from Wemyss Bay to Glasgow Central. The station was built in 1903, though the railway had already been operational for some time before. With its distinctive glass roof and Victorian style arches and spans, Wemyss Bay station has a decidedly vintage air about it. This way the main thoroughfare for many generations of Glaswegians or Clydesiders who were heading “doon the watter” for a holiday in Rothesay, on nearby Isle of Bute. Thousands would disembark the train at Wemyss Bay, head through this iconic building and onto the pier, ready to board a steamer which lay waiting to carry them across the Firth of Clyde. A visit to this building can really help you to soak up the atmosphere of what those bygone days must have been like.


Wemyss Bay is the departure port for ferries to Rothesay.

Otherwise, Wemyss Bay is a pleasant stop with walks available along the side of the Firth of Forth, and plenty of rocks where fishing can be done from. Just be careful of the tide and high waves from boats, and stay away from the pier and other works areas.

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