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Some journeys extend to meet the ferry at Rhubodach. In the background, another Optare Solo waits to take passengers onwards. JONATHAN WELCH











Jonathan Welch speaks to Allan Smith about West Coast Motors’ operations on the Isle of Bute

West Coast Motors is a well-known name among both enthusiasts and transport professionals, its operating area covering a large swathe of southern and western Scotland. Part of the Craig of Campbeltown group, it can trace its heritage back to 1919 when Jack Craig arrived in Campbeltown after serving as a pilot with the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. In partnership with brothers William and David, he opened a garage and started providing passenger transport services.

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