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Where to find us

Mount Stuart is located on the Isle of Bute, the most accessible island off the west coast of Scotland. Public transport links to Mount Stuart are fully integrated, ensuring that visitors can get here quickly, and easily.

The Isle of Bute is approximately 50 minutes away from Glasgow by road or rail, followed by a 35 minute ferry crossing from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay. Alternatively another ferry runs from Colintraive to Rhubodach, taking less than 5 minutes. Mount Stuart is 5 miles south of the island’s principal town: Rothesay, and is well signposted from the ferry terminal.

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Arriving by Ferry

Caledonian MacBrayne (Calmac) operate two ferry routes offering a daily and frequent service to the Isle of Bute: the main route from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay (taking approximately 35 minutes), and another from Colintraive in Argyll to Rhubodach (taking less than 5 minutes).

Inclusive travel tickets can be purchased from the Caledonian MacBrayne office at Wemyss Bay and include:

  • Return travel on the Wemyss Bay – Rothesay ferry service
  • Admission to Mount Stuart House, and access to our wonderful gardens
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Arriving by Car or Coach

There is an excellent bus service from Rothesay to Mount Stuart. Passengers coming into Rothesay can take the 90/490 (or on Sundays the 493) West Coast Motors service to Kilchattan Bay from a stop just outside the ferry terminal. The journey along the coastal road takes 12 minutes, allowing passengers to enjoy the stunning scenery before being dropped off at the Visitor Centre. Courtesy transport between the Visitor Centre, Kitchen Garden and House runs from 10.30am – 4.45pm, with stops en route available on request.

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Arriving by Rail

Glasgow Central Station runs a regular train service to and from Wemyss Bay, with an ornately covered walkway leading you directly to the ferry office. Please see National Rail Enquiries for timetable information.

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Arriving by Air

There are daily international flights into and out of Glasgow International and Glasgow Prestwick airports, with rail and bus links to Glasgow from both. If you are driving you can reach Bute from either airport in about an hour and a half, which includes the 35 minute ferry crossing from Wemyss Bay.

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Opening times & dates

House

Gardens

Visitor Centre

Shop & Eat

Dates (Monday to Sunday)24 March – 30 October 2017
General10am-5pm
Coffee Shop & Tea Room10am-5pm
Guided Tour (1hr)11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm
Friends House Tour (1.5hr) 1pm-2.30pm

Please note the House will be closed on the following dates: 

15 April | 8 July | 5 August | 3 September

The Gardens will still be open on these dates.

Mount Stuart’s 300 acre gardens and grounds are home to a spectacular collection of native and exotic flora, which give life to several gardens with distinct personalities. Important botanical specimens and champion Rhododendrons grow alongside plants endangered in their native habitats.

Admission tickets for the House and Gardens can be purchased from the ground floor of our award-winning Visitor Centre. Our welcoming staff will update you with tour times.

A Gardens ticket will give you admission to the Gardens and Grounds only on the date of purchase.

A House & Gardens ticket will give you admission to the House and Gardens including a one hour guided house tour on the date of purchase.

A Friends of Mount Stuart ticket will give you admission to the House and Gardens including an extended Friends of Mount Stuart tour on the day of purchase.

If you would like to join a House Tour booking in advance is recommended as spaces are limited. Call the Visitor Centre on 01700 505808.

Tickets are not necessary for access to the Visitor Centre or Adventure Playground.

We are delighted to offer a range of catering options for your visit to Mount Stuart.

Both the Visitor Centre Coffee Shop and the Courtyard Cafe offer a delicious range of soups, sandwiches, salads, savoury bites and sweet treats.

Wherever possible we use fresh, local produce including a range of jams and chutneys from Henshelwood’s Fine Foods, smoked salmon from Ritchie’s of Rothesay and salad leaves, fruit and vegetables from the Mount Stuart Kitchen Garden.

Whether you wish to relax and enjoy the ambience of the house courtyard or ‘grab and go’ with a delicious picnic, we offer something for everyone.

Special menus can be tailored to suit the requirements of large parties and groups. Please speak to our Events and Visitor Services Team on 01700 50 3877.

Pre-booked afternoon Teas are available in the Visitor Centre from Thursday – Sunday.

Tour Times

DayFriends TourArchitecture TourFree FlowGuided Tour
Monday11:00 - 12:0012:00 - 4:00
Tuesday11:00 - 12:0012:00 - 4:00
Wednesday11:00 - 12:0012:00 - 4:00
Thursday12:3011:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30
Friday12:3011:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30
Saturday10:30 - 12:0011:00 - 12:0012:00 - 4:00
Sunday11:00 - 12:0012:00 - 4:00

The Blue Room and Crypt will be opened by request only for visitors wishing to see our Visual Arts Exhibition. 

One and Two Hour private tours are available daily with advance booking. 

Call the house & events team on 01700 503 877 to book.

Tickets & Prices

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Admission tickets for the House and Gardens can be purchased from the ground floor of our award-winning Visitor Centre. Our welcoming staff will update you with tour times, and activities taking place during your visit.

A Gardens ticket will give you admission to the Gardens and Grounds only on the date of purchase.

A House & Gardens ticket will give you admission to the House and Gardens including a one hour guided house tour on the date of purchase.

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A Friends of Mount Stuart ticket will give you admission to the House and Gardens including an extended Friends of Mount Stuart tour on the day of purchase.

If you would like to join a House Tour booking in advance is recommended as spaces are limited. Call the Visitor Centre on 01700 505808.

Tickets are not necessary for access to the Visitor Centre or Adventure Playground.

Exclusive Offers

We have joined forces with Historic Scotland at Rothesay Castle to offer 10% off entry to either Mount Stuart or the Castle when showing a valid ticket for the other attraction. Simply bring along your ticket or receipt to get 10% off!

We are also offering:

  • Free entry to the Gardens for RHS members.
  • Free entry to HHA & ASVA members.
  • 25% discount for Art Fund members.
  • Kids go free with a CalMac Rail & Sail ticket. More details here.

Membership to Mount Stuart is not available for any ticket purchased through these offers. You must pay the full ticket price to sign up for membership. If you have purchased a discounted ticket and decide you want to sign up then you’ll just need to pay the difference. Speak to our Visitor Services Team for more information on these offers.

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Ticket Prices

TypeGardens OnlyHouse & GardenFriends of MS
Adult£6.50£11.50£17.25
Child (5-15)£3.50£6.75£10.15
Family (x5)£18.00£33.00£49.50
Concession£5.00£9.50£14.25
Group*£5.50£7.50NA

*Group rate tickets are not eligible to become members of Mount Stuart.