11 September 2021
The Category A listed railway station opened in 1865, but the station was completely rebuilt in 1903 to accommodate the large number of passengers.
A key feature of the design is use of curves to ease the flow of passengers. The same principle was applied at Glasgow Central station, which was rebuilt about the same time.
The pier was designed so that several queues for the steamers could be accommodated, with different queues for different destinations. Although the ferry now only goes to Rothesay, Wemyss Bay used to have regular sailings to Largs and Millport, as well as day trips further afield.
It remains one of Scotland’s most remarkable stations and was recently judged by architectural critic Sir Simon Jenkins as one of the top ten stations in the UK. The station and pier have returned to their original Caledonian Railway colour scheme.
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