We consider ourselves to be the most accessible Scottish island, so getting here shouldn’t be too much trouble.
There are two ferry routes onto Bute and they both run regular services from early in the morning to evening time: Wemyss Bay – Rothesay and Colintraive – Rhubodach. You don’t need to book on our ferry and you need to arrive just 10 minutes before the ferry sails (it’s a good idea to be earlier if you want to be certain of getting a particular ferry though). The Wemyss Bay ferry connects with the train service from Glasgow. Cancellations or delays are rare, but info on timetables and sailing status is available on the CalMac website.
More info on both routes and other, more creative, ways to get here: http://www.butefest.co.uk/6-ways-to-get-here/
If you’re staying onsite, then the campsite opens on Thursday evening, around 5pm, and closes Monday at noon, just enough time to sleep off the night before! The main arena opens around noon on Friday and we jump straight in with live music. It’s then open until 10am on Monday for you to grab breakfast.
Camping tickets are £5pp for one night or the whole weekend and you can purchase them on the Friday morning from the ticket desk. You don’t need a camping wristband for Thursday night. With a Young Scot or NUS Card, camping will be offered free of charge, and children (up to 11) are free anyway.
It’s always a good idea to bring waterproofs and wellies, midge repellent, sun cream, and something to sit on. Sunday is medieval fancy dress day, so dig out those princess hats and swords!
We have the fantastic Priya for festival gear purchases on site, and essentials in our merchandise and on the Coop stand, not to mention our on-site hairdresser and face painters!
Staying safe here
As with any outdoor event, sun cream, hats, water, waterproofs are all an essential part of staying safe and looking after yourself. Illegal drugs won’t be tolerated and there will be a police presence on site. Our welfare team is on hand to look after lost children, anyone who needs time out, and to help with any personal issues; we have a qualified first aid service on site too. Look after yourselves, and look after each other!