Welcome to Student Tours Scotland Coach Day Trips
Introduction to this Tour:
Scotland is home to many islands. The Isle of Bute is known as Undiscovered Scotland. It's got several hidden bays, unexplored tourist areas and the chance to see some seals as well.
Date: Saturday 05 November 2016
Time: 0745 hours meeting, for 0800 hours departure
Cost: £27.00 per head
Contact Number on the Day: +44 7 792 158 139 (For UK phones: 07792 158 139)
Departure Point: Behind Buchanan Bus Station (in front of GCU), 70 Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA
Google Map Link for the Departure Point: https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msid=210472549639627033290.0004c90ec2ecce3142288&msa=0&ll=55.866068,-4.249939&spn=0.001635,0.005284
Plan for the Day:
It takes around one hour to drive from Glasgow City Centre to Wemyss Bay on the West Coast. From here you can visit the beautiful Victorian Era train station before we depart on the twenty five minute ferry journey over to the port of Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. You'll be able to explore the boat, relax and take in the views or simply sit back with a coffee and watch the waves go by.
We arrive in the town of Rothesay and immediately leave and head south to the wonderful Kilchattan Bay. Here we have a walk organised along the stunning coastal path of the West Island Way so you can see some great rock formations, witness the waves crashing and just enjoy the peace. The wee village itself is also pretty quaint and jolly too.
Next up we travel to Scalpsie Bay where you can join your guide on a walk across the sand and stone beach to hear about the legends of the selkies - creatures from beyond the sea in Scotland. These are associated with seals and if you are lucky you will see some here too!
Our third bay is the famous Ettrick Bay on the north west of the island where you can enjoy a tea, a coffee or a walk along the beach before we finish up in Rothesay Town itself. Here you can explore at your own pace or simply go grab some food and drink before we leave on the ferry back to the mainland.
Refund Policy: Refunds can only be issued before 1200 noon on Wednesday of the week of the tour. After this date and time, no more refunds can be issued for any reason (including, but not limited to: sickness, sleeping in, hangover, spending too long taking selfies in the morning and missing the departure time). Refunds can only be issued using the same method you used to pay.
Further Information: We send an email to the address you signed up with (please ensure you use the correct email) on the Wednesday or Thursday before the tour. This includes a summary of everything you are expected to know for the tour itself.
Lunch Breaks and Toilets Stops: We always try to include a lunch break on every tour. This is not always possible so ensure you bring at least a snack with you in case it’s a little late in the day when we break. We always include as many toilet stops as possible on the day. Not every coach has a usable toilet on board.
Walking and Hiking: Nearly every tour includes a lot of walking. Please ensure you wear shoes you are comfortable to walk a lot in. Some tours include hiking. This is always optional but will take up most of the guiding experience so if you do something else you will not be with the guide for the day.
Maps and Contact Information: Every Coach Day Trip includes a fun, hand drawn map with all the contact information and social media links that you will need on the tour.
Departure Point: We only offer one departure point. This is to ensure we spend the maximum amount of time travelling. We have chosen a point that is roughly central for all four universities and all the colleges in Glasgow. It is near one of the train stations, the bus station and two Subway stations. You can also get to and from it with a Glasgow Taxi or Uber.
Travel on a Sunday to Departure Point: Please remember that on Sunday mornings the Subway does not open early and you may have to consider walking. If you have any worries about getting to the departure point, please get in touch.
Travel with Children: Our tours are not necessarily well catered for children. If you are planning on bringing any family with you you are highly advised to get in touch before booking. We can best advise if this is a good idea or not based on your requirements. We cannot hold any part of the tour for any one individual but we may be able to offer you a plan for doing the tour by yourself or using another operator.
Travel for those with Limited Mobility and Disabilities: For any traveller with additional requirements regarding mobility, disabilities or any condition you feel you should inform us of before travel, we always recommend you get in touch. We would love to best accommodate you. In some circumstances you will not get the full benefit of the tour but we can always try to adapt some or all aspects to suit you. If we cannot then we can usually offer ideas for doing the tour yourself, often with detailed plans or using another operator. Get in touch, we would love to hear from you.