Wemyss Bay

Wemyss Bay

Location type


Name and dates

Wemyss Bay (1905-)

Opened on the Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway.

Opened on the Caledonian Steam Packet Company.

Open on the Inverclyde Lines.


This is one of the pre-eminent 'must see' stations in Scotland. In 1905 it replaced an original Wemyss Bay [1st] station of 1865 on a slightly different orientation (see that entry for the 1865-1905 details). It is a terminus and a combined station and pier with a very fine concourse, canopied platforms, main station building with a clock tower and covered walkway to the pier. The station benefited from the Caledonian Railway's awareness of passenger flows and how to design station to allow passengers to flow from ferry to train and vice versa.

There was a signal box (opened 1893) built on the approach to the station, on the west side and with a signal bridge just to its east. In 1935 the box took over the Wemyss Bay Shed signal box, just to the north.

A line on the west side of the station dropped down a ramp on the west side of the station to the north part of the pier head. This was the baggage line. The goods yard was reached by reversal, its goods shed being close to the A78, running down the rear side of the box to reach the goods shed and loading bank.

The box closed in 1967, replaced by Paisley Power Box. The baggage line and goods yard are closed.

The station is now a two platform station, the lines serving the east island platform having been lifted.

The station and line to Wemyss Bay are promoted and supported by the Friends of Wemyss Bay .


Caledonian MacBrayne operate a car carrying ferry service to Rothesay Pier on the Isle of Bute.

Caledonian MacBrayne


Station terminus pier

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


05/06/1967Glasgow South Bank Electrification
Gourock and Wemyss Bay lines electrified.