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Dates Open 7 April to 31 August 2014
Daily 11.30am – 4.30pm
Last entry 3.30pm
19th July Last entry 12.30pm*
30th Aug Last entry 12.00noon
*VC Restaurant also closing at 2.00pm, last orders 1.30pm. Courtyard Tea Room open until 5.00pm.

On occasional dates throughout the season there will be no access to the house due to special events but our Gardens, Visitor Centre and Restaurant will be open for business as usual.

Dates on which the house will be closed are as follows:

2nd & 7th August
Daily 10am - 6pm
Daily 10am - 6pm
Daily 10.30am - 5.30pm*
Last orders 5pm
*Except 19 July when last orders will be 1.30pm for 2.00pm close. Courtyard Tea Rooms open as normal.
Courtyard Tea Rooms
Daily 11am - 5pm
Courtyard Gift Shop
Daily 11am - 5pm

5th Marquess

5th Marquess of Bute, John Crichton-Stuart (1907-1956)

The 5th Marquess was an authority on ornithology and travelled extensively to study birds in their natural habitats. Indeed, his interest in avian life was so great that he bought the island group of St. Kilda in 1931, to protect this important breeding ground for seabirds. He bequeathed the islands to the National Trust for Scotland upon his death in 1956, and it is due to this generous act that the site is open to the public today.