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

Ardencraig Gardens and Aviary

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Gardens

Ardencraig Gardens is a lovely walled garden in Rothesay on Bute that bursts with colour in the summer.

Bird Hides at Loch Fad and Loch Quien

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Wildlife and nature

Loch Fad is a large freshwater loch and a great place for bird watching.

Bute Forest

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Wildlife and nature

Community-owned Rhubodach Forest is an area of ancient woodland, commercial forest, moorland and coast on the Isle of Bute.

Bute Golf Course

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Golf

Bute Golf Club’s unique nine-hole Kingarth course is a hidden gem.

Bute Museum

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Landmarks and attractions

Explore the natural and historical heritage of the Isle of Bute at the Bute Museum.

Mount Stuart

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Landmarks and attractions

Dunagoil Vitrified Fort

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Landmarks and attractions

Dunagoil is an Iron-Age fort perched high on a volcanic cliff at the southern end of Bute. It occupies a commanding position, with clear views of the seaways around Bute.

Ettrick Bay

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Beaches and islands

Ettrick Bay, Bute’s finest and most accessible beach, sits at the north of the island.

Port Bannatyne Golf Club

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Golf

Port Bannatyne Golf Club is unique in having 13 holes, with the first five holes being played again before a separate 18th.

Port Bannatyne Marina

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Sailing and boating

Port Bannatyne Marina is a 105-berth marina that sits at the entrance to the Kyles of Bute just three miles north-west of Rothesay on the Isle of Bute.

Isle of Bute Discovery Centre

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Family activities

The award-winning Discovery Centre, located in Rothesay's famous 1924 Winter Gardens, houses Bute's visitor information.

Rothesay Golf Club

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Golf

The course, designed by Ben Sayers and James Braid, is one of Scotland's most scenic island courses with beautiful views over the Clyde, the Cowal Hills, Lochs Ridden and Striven, the Mull of Kintyre, the Isle of Arran and the Ayrshire Hills.

Rothesay Castle

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Landmarks and attractions

Rothesay Castle on the Isle of Bute had a long association with the Stewart dynasty. The castle dates back to the early 13th century and is remarkably well preserved in spite of its age.

Rothesay's Victorian Toilets

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Landmarks and attractions

Make sure you visit the Victorian toilets in Rothesay when you’re on Bute.

Scalpsie Bay

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Beaches and islands

Scalpsie Bay on Bute's west coast is a beautiful, secluded stretch of reddish sand.

St Blane's Church

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History and heritage

The ruins of St Blane's, a 12th-century Romanesque chapel, are remarkably well preserved and well worth a visit when on the Isle of Bute.

St Ninian's Bay and Chapel

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Beaches and islands

St Ninian’s Bay (also called The Straad) is a beautiful small bay on the west coast of Bute with a natural anchorage.

Ten Argyll archaeological sites

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History and heritage

Delve deeper and follow this journey that connects ten fascinating archaeological sites.

Argyll’s real ale trail

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Distilleries and breweries

In Argyll and The Isles you’re never far from a good local beer! There’s a fantastic variety of beer and ale being produced by craft breweries. Why not follow this real ale trail to discover Argyll’s best beers for yourself? Find out more about the art of brewing beer with behind-the-scenes tours and sample a tipple or two.

Bute Food Journey

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Food and drink

Enjoy a gastronomical journey around Bute, an island renowned for its beef and delicious cheese.

West Island Way

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Walking and climbing

The 25-mile West Island Way runs the length of the beautiful island of Bute in Argyll.

Wild Bute Walks, Talks and Tours

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Walking and climbing

Discover Bute's fascinating history and stunning wildlife with a Wild Bute guided walk, talk and tour.

Bute Highland Games

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Bute Fest

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Mount Stuart Christmas Market

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