Immerse yourself in Bute

Bute is perhaps the most accessible of Argyll’s islands. Thanks to this, and a balmy climate, it has been a popular holiday spot for well over a century. Rothesay, Bute’s chief town, is a seaside resort brimming with character, Italian cafés and good-old-fashioned shops. Follow the coastal road south and you’ll find Mount Stuart, a spectacular palace set amid acres of  woodland. 

Bute is a lovely place to explore on foot or by bike. Most of Bute’s inhabitants live around the two wide bays on the island’s eastern side, so if you’re looking for peace, solitude and the best beaches, head west. Ettrick Bay is a fantastic stretch of sand, while Scalpsie Bay is home to a seal colony. The West Island Way is 25-mile walk that takes you the length of the island. Visit local Bute website

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The Isle of Bute has a wide range of accommodation on offer to suits all tastes and budgets including 4 or 5 star self catering properties at Mount Stuart.

Experience Scottish hospitality in a local B&B or guesthouse, or wake up to the sound of the sea gently brushing against the shore at a hotel with spectacular sea views.

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Planning your journey

Start your adventure with a ferry crossing from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay, either as a foot passenger or with your car. The ferry connects with a regular train and bus service to and from Glasgow and there are service buses and bike hire on the island, so why not leave the car behind?

An alternative route is a short ferry link between Rhubodach, north of Bute, and Colintraive at the Cowal peninsula. This can link with the ferry between Hunters Quay and McInroe’s Point near Gourock on the mainland, or you can drive north on the A82 along Loch Lomond joining the A83 then south on the A815 and A886.

Events & Festivals

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Everything there is to see and do on the island of Bute

Tiree Wave Classic

Mull and Iona

Coll & The Cosmos

Coll and Tiree

Coll & The Cosmos is a stargazing weekend break on the Isle of Coll which makes the most of the island's incredible dark sky.

Coll Half Marathon 2022

Coll and Tiree

Music Coll with The Tunnell Trust

Coll and Tiree

Oban Hogmanay Party 2021

Oban and Lorn

Oban's biggest Hogmanay Party with a lively night of traditional Scottish cèilidh music from local band Ceol an Aire.

Punk on the Peninsula

Dunoon and Cowal

Head to Dunoon for an amazing weekend of punk.

Carradale Music Festival 2022

Kintyre and Gigha

Carradale Music Festival, a family friendly festival held in the beautiful scenic village of Carradale

CAMPBELTOWN GIN & FIZZ FESTIVAL 2022

Kintyre and Gigha

Expect the very best as we work together with local distillers and other service suppliers from around the UK.

Red Hot Chilli Pipers in Campbeltown

Kintyre and Gigha

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers play in Campbeltown for the first time since 2009.

The Kintyre Way Ultra 2022

Kintyre and Gigha

The 2022 Kintyre Way Ultra will take place on Saturday 14th May, from Campbeltown to Machrihanish.