Immerse yourself in Rothesay

Rothesay is a seaside town located on the Isle of Bute and is the main town on the Island. Rothesay is immersed in a Victorian heritage which can be seen along the esplanade. Rothesay Golf course makes for a fantastic gold trip away and is surrounded by fantastic views.

The well-preserved Rothesay Castle sits in the middle of the town and dates to the 13th Century, the castle is open to visitors and is a great place to take the family to learn about its history and dungeons. If you want to learn more about Bute, make sure to visit the Bute Museum which has a range of displays showcasing some of the histories Bute has to offer.

Not far north of Rothesay lies Ettrick Bay, perfect for those looking for a relaxing day out, and is an ideal location for wild swimming.

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Getting Here

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.