Things to See & Do

Discover Bute

Bute is the perfect place for a family adventure, with glorious beaches, heaps of history and wonderful wildlife to discover. Bute's quiet roads are lovely for a family cycle ride. Because the island’s fairly low lying, there are panoramic views and few strenuous climbs.  There are endless beaches to choose from, including Ettrick Bay with its white sands and Scalpsie Bay with its seal colony. Rothesay, the main town, is a fantastic seaside resort brimming with character and Italian cafés. Spend the day exploring Rothesay Castle and visiting Bute Museum, which is packed with interesting artefacts or jump abroad of one of many Bute's excellent boat & wildlife tours. 

Active & Adventure

If you fancy a Scottish island adventure, then Bute is a great choice. It’s easily reached from the Central Belt of Scotland and there’s loads to see and do. Bute is the perfect place for a cycling mini-adventure. One of the best ways to see if Bute is to cycle the 23-mile loop that takes you right around the island. Bike Hire is available from Bike Bute.

Or how about walking the West Island Way? This 30-mile route, one of Scotland’s Great Trails, takes you the length of the island. Bute is great for watersports. These are world-class sailing grounds and the coastline is a paddlers paradise. It’s also a wild swimmer’s paradise, with clean, clear waters and wide, sheltered bays.

On the Water

Discover Bute, Argyll and the Firth of Clyde from the water. The area around Bute is one of outstanding natural beauty. Its sea lochs, forrests and hidden shore are famous around the world and home to a diverse wildlife including basking sharks, dolphins, porpoise, sea otters, ospreys, sea eagles, seals and countless bird species. Jump on to a boat tour such as Bute Boat Tours to discover the stunning landscape around the Isle of Bute.

Sailing? With some of UK's largest marinas nearby, accommodating several thousand sailing boats, the sheltered passages around the Isle of Bute are very popular cruising grounds. So, step ashore and discover Bute!


Castles & Heritage

Bute is packed with history. Fascinating ancient sites dot the island’s landscape, while the Victorians left their mark with splendid architecture and glorious gardens. Rothesay, the island’s chief town, is a seaside resort brimming with character and  history. There are heritage buildings galore on the island, including the magnificent Mount Stuart, with its fabulous architecture and grounds. As you explore Bute and Rothesay you’ll discover everything from castles to standing stones, historic houses to marvelous museums.

Historic Attractions & Castles on Bute

Nature & Wildlife

The Isle of Bute is only 15 miles long and 5 miles wide, making it the perfect destination to explore on foot or by bike. It is bursting with coastline and beaches as well as a stunning community forest at the top of the island. This forest is the ideal place to go for a walk and discover an old WWII bunker with a wild swing - a great photo opportunity.


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