Finding Us


Located on the most accessible island off the west coast of Scotland.

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.

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.

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.

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

Calmac 9 Day Saver Return ticket now available

Arriving by Car or Coach

Parking facilities are available on site within the vicinity of the Visitor Centre, and courtesy transport is available from the Visitor Centre to the main house. Pre-booked coach parking is available near the house, as is parking for visitors with disabilities who display a blue badge. Mount Stuart is 5 miles south of Rothesay. If you are using a GPS system our post code is PA20 9LR.

Arriving by Bus

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.