About Us

The Mount Stuart Trust is a Charitable Trust founded in 1985, which works to fulfil the vision of the late John, Marquess of Bute. He believed that the public should be able to enjoy Mount Stuart and its gardens and surrounding grounds, and benefit from its collections and archives. John Bute generously endowed The Mount Stuart Trust with the Bute Estate to provide the support which enables this remarkable house to be preserved and opened to visitors. The Trust owns and administers Mount Stuart and the Bute Estate.



The Mount Stuart Trust

The aims of the Trust are to conserve, preserve and maintain the house, gardens and surrounding grounds for future generations, whilst facilitating public interest, understanding and appreciation of fine and decorative art, architecture and the rural environment, and to promote access, education and research.

We hope you enjoy your visit to Mount Stuart House and Gardens.

Registered Scottish Charity number: SC009584.


Part of the Bute Family

The Bute family motto is “Avito Viret Honore” meaning “to flourish in an honourable ancestry”. The family’s longevity is proof of that motto; our creative vision is anchored in our roots but not tied to them. This unique story is testament to both our pride in our past and the desire to continually move forward.

This reflected in all of the Bute Family Companies from the innovative, modern fabrics designed by Bute Fabrics to the delicious smoked products developed by Ritchies of Rothesay from a time honoured recipe. The Bute Family Charitable Trust is dedicated to supporting charitable causes on Bute and the west coast of Scotland and Mount Stuart & Bute Estate connects people, art, land and learning.


Work for us

Mount Stuart is a dynamic and exciting place to work. If you are pro-active, have excellent communication skills, and a passion for working with people you could be just who we’re after.

We recruit for seasonal and permanent roles on a regular basis, check back to our website for vacancies.



…. Start Here, Grow Anywhere

Mount Stuart in partnership with Argyll College – University of Highlands and Islands – is offering you the opportunity to earn while you learn on our Horticulture Apprenticeship Programme. We are currently offering three Level 2 Horticulture work-based Modern Apprenticeships, so if you want to start building your career, an Apprenticeship Programme with Mount Stuart is the perfect way.

We will help you with quality training and support from our experienced horticultural team. These Apprenticeship opportunities will also equip participants with the necessary skills required for becoming a horticulturist in a rapidly changing world where climate, carbon and food security will have a dramatic impact on the way we work.

You will have chance to learn new skills, gain recognised qualifications and earn a training allowance. While the majority of your ‘on the job’ training will be based at Mount Stuart, your ‘off the job’ training will be located at Rothesay Campus, which is swiftly developing into a centre of excellence for Horticulture, providing a top quality standard of education.

This fantastic opportunity is open for those who have left school, provided that you meet current apprenticeship eligibility.

If you’re up for a challenge then call for an application pack on 01700 503877 or email Fiona@mountstuart.com

Closing date for all apprenticeship positions is 26 October 2017, with interviews to be held week beginning 30 October and a start date of 1 December 2017.