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Mount Stuart

The Mount Stuart Trust aims to promote public awareness of Scotland's architectural heritage, the visual and decorative arts (both historic and contemporary), botany, science and the rural environment. Mount Stuart provides an inspirational location and offers an inclusive programme for people of all ages to learn about these subjects.

Since 2002 the Trust has collaborated with various local, national and international partners as well as specialist groups to develop and provide workshops, tours and lectures. These are all based on the resources held at Mount Stuart by the Collections; Events and Gardens departments, including activities focusing on the island's history and historical sites; the conservation of Bute's rural environment and the protection of its wildlife. Events are facilitated together with community, national and international partnership organisations and the Mount Stuart Trust's departmental specialists. These include our Head of Collections, Archivist, Contemporary Visual Arts Director, Assistant Head Gardener, Countryside Ranger and House and Events Manager, who offer a wealth of knowledge and experience.

We have a dedicated Audio Visual Theatre in our Visitor Centre, and can provide larger spaces within the house on request, tailoring educational events according to your requirements. Please phone (01700) 503877 or email for further information.

Our partners so far have included:

  • Achievement Bute
  • Appletree Nursery
  • Ardgowan Estate
  • Argyll College
  • Attingham Trust
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Cove Park Fairbairn Residency
  • Dollar Academy
  • Dunblane High School
  • Edinburgh College of Art
  • Engage Scotland
  • Excel Group
  • Falkland Heritage Trust
  • Glasgow School of Art
  • Glasgow University
  • Gourock High School
  • The Great Steward of Scotland's Dumfries House Trust
  • Greenock Academy
  • Heriott Watt University
  • Holyrood Secondary
  • James Watt College
  • Metropolitan College Glasgow
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • National Library of Scotland
  • North Bute Primary School
  • Judy Parrott (local artist)
  • pARTners
  • Rothesay Joint Campus
  • Rothesay Social Inclusion Programme (SIP)
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
  • "Safe Kids" Project
  • Silver Society
  • St Andrew's Primary School
  • Strathclyde University