Wemyss Bay Railway Station and Ferry Terminal

(Bàgh nan Uaimhean)

Wemyss Bay Railway Station
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Wemyss Bay Railway Station

A quite unexpected and exquisite building which represents the terminus of the Inverclyde Line, representing the second railway station on this site. Wemyss Bay Station (Gael: Bàgh nan Uaimhean) was built in the Arts and Crafts style by James Miller and Donald Matheson for the Caledonian Railway Company in 1903, replacing the original station of 1865, which served the original Greenock & Wemyss Bay Railway.

The railway station is operated by ScotRail, is staffed part-time and is used by around 200,000 passengers per annum (2015). It is preceded by Inverkip Railway Station, 2¼ miles (3.5 km) to the north northeast.

The A-listed building features a fine clock-tower and curved platforms covered by sweeping glazed canopies, which lead down to the ferry pier through a circular booking hall. Caledonian MacBrayne still operates a ferry to Rothesay on Bute, although the Caledonian Steam Packet Company once served several Clyde resorts and sailed as far as Ardrishaig via the Kyles of Bute and Tarbert. The building was refurbished 2014-16.

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