Connecting People, Art, Land and Learning

Mount Stuart House and Gardens are located on the beautiful island of Bute. Bute is only 33 miles from Glasgow.  It is the most accessible of the westerly isles from the Scottish Central Belt. It’s a peaceful island haven, just a stone’s throw away from the mainland.

The spirit of nineteenth-century invention is embodied in Mount Stuart – a feat of Victorian engineering, this neo-gothic mansion was one of the most technologically advanced houses of its age. Ironic, when you consider the medieval inspiration of the Gothic Revival. Set in 300 acres of grounds which include designed gardens, woodland and coast there is something for everyone at Mount Stuart!

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Discover our gardens

The gardens at Mount Stuart are home to a spectacular botanic collection of plants from all over the world. You’ll find everything from champion rhododendrons  to snowdrops and daffodils!

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Explore the House & Collections

Mount Stuart houses the truly astonishing Bute Collection including European and British masterpieces and the interiors of the house itself are masterpieces in their own right!

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Enjoy a bite in the Bute Kitchen

On the island of Bute we are surrounded by fabulous producers and suppliers and we are proud to include fresh, local and Scottish ingredients on our kitchen menu.

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What’s On

At Mount Stuart House & Gardens there is always something for everyone going on. Check out our events calendar and start planning your visit!

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Art of Power

Art of Power is an exciting new collaborative exhibition, split across two venues, The Hunterian, Glasgow and Mount Stuart and the ticket price covers entry to the exhibition at both.

This two venue exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see major paintings from the Bute Collection at Mount Stuart, one of the foremost private collections in the UK.

Access to the exhibition with an Art of Power ticket will be daily 11.30am-12.30pm or 2.30-3.30pm. Visitors taking a tour of the house will be able to view the exhibition as part of their tour for a limited time only.

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Rhododendron Festival

Our Gardens team picked up several awards at this years National Rhododendron Society Show! The Scottish Rhododendron Festival 2017 runs to the end of May and you can take a tour of our award winning specimens with our Living Collections Manager, Graham, on 29 May.

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Visual Arts – The Archipelago of Contented Peoples: Introduced Species

In 2017 Steven Claydon will present a solo exhibition as part of our ongoing Contemporary Visual Arts Programme. The exhibition will take place throughout the grounds and house; bringing new sensibilities to familiar locations as well as those less well known. In his layered response to Mount Stuart and Bute, Claydon has been drawing equivalences between the islands of the Pacific and the Scottish isles.

Mount Stuart has been working in co-operation with The Common Guild, Glasgow to bring Claydon’s work to Scotland; following his nomination for the inaugural Hepworth Prize in 2016. “The Archipelago of Contented Peoples: Endurance Groups” runs at The Common Guild  through 9 July.

Steven Claydon said, “The wealth of material in the Mount Stuart archives, gardens and buildings forms a formidable arsenal of subject matter that is firmly rooted in Scottish history and politics, religious identity and eclectic architectural vernacular. For me, it is the sum accumulation of these often contradictory details that lend Mount Stuart its potency.”

Image: Still from ‘South Pacific’ (1958) Dir Joshua Logan – A view of mythical island of Bali-Hai

 

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Weddings

History and romance are set in stone and marble at Mount Stuart. From the ceremony to food, from accommodation to entertainment our team can deliver exactly want you’re after in a beautiful and exclusive setting. To find out more or start planning your special day, get in touch!

Mount Stuart

Mount Stuart is located on the beautiful island of Bute. Bute is only 33 miles from Glasgow. It is one of the most accessible of the westerly isles from the Scottish Central Belt. It’s a peaceful island haven, just a stone’s throw away from the mainland.