About Us

The Mount Stuart Trust

The Mount Stuart Trust is a Charitable Trust founded in 1985, which works to fulfill the vision of the late John, 6th 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 and stunning gardens to be preserved and opened to visitors. The Trust owns and administers Mount Stuart and the Bute Estate.


The Bute Estate

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.

Rural Business Manager

To apply for this role please send your CV with a covering letter to Fiona Hardie on fiona@mountstuart.com no later than 30 April 2019.

An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced small business manager to develop a new sawmill business near Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, Scotland. The position would best suit an entrepreneurial team player with relevant experience managing a small business to oversee the successful development of the business and its sales.  The successful applicant will be required to actively manage a small team and take a hands-on approach to all aspects of the business. Along with being able to inspire a strong safety culture within the business, we are looking for somebody with good personal organisation, relationship building and problem solving skills together with a  ‘can do’ attitude.

To find out more about this role go here.

Collections Vacancies

To apply for these roles please send your CV with a covering letter to Fiona Hardie on fiona@mountstuart.com no later than 24th March 2019.

Collections Curator

Mount Stuart Trust is now seeking a Collections Curator who combines practical experience in collections care and collections management with working knowledge of exhibitions and research. You will be instrumental in assisting in the realisation of an integrated approach to managing the care, access, information and development of the Bute Collection.

Research Education Assistant

Mount Stuart Trust is now seeking a Research & Education Assistant who combines an interest in and knowledge of cataloguing, research and practical hands-on experience in a historic environment. This is a fixed term position for three years and an ideal role for a recent post-graduate who is seeking solid and versatile exposure to the heritage world.

Find out more about these roles here. 

Communications Officer

To apply for this role please send your CV with a covering letter to Fiona Hardie on fiona@mountstuart.com no later than 31st March 2019.

Mount Stuart Trust is seeking a creative and energetic Communications Officer to manage the PR, marketing and digital activities for the Trust ensuring a cohesive brand message that is consistent, timely, inspiring and relevant.  This is an excellent opportunity to join the Trust at an exciting time in its future and as Communications Officer you will be responsible for all internal and external communications, marketing, PR, social media, content creation, website updates.

Find out more about this role here.

Seasonal Vacancies 2019

Bute Kitchen Vacancies

If you wish to be considered for the roles listed below please send your CV and a covering letter outlining your relevant experience to butekitchen@mountstuart.com. Applications will remain open until the position is filled.

Cafe Assistants

We are looking for smart, enthusiastic, energetic front of house team members and KPs with a ‘can do’ attitude, for our busy and vibrant cafe to work part-time including weekend work.

If you are a friendly, enthusiastic, trustworthy, efficient, and hard-working person with common sense and ability to deal with the public then we would love to hear from you.

Team Leader

We are seeking a suitably experienced team leader for this role who is hard-working, efficient, a team player and who has excellent customer service experience to lead a small front-of-house team.

The right candidate will work closely with the Kitchen Supervisor to ensure the smooth running of the Café. At peak times during the season, the Café can be very busy and the right candidate must be able to handle high volumes of visitors.


Bute Kitchen @ Mount Stuart requires a motivated and creative Chef to join the team for 2019. Bute Kitchen aims to showcase the very best food and drink that the Isle of Bute has to offer. You need to be a passionate foodie with relevant experience in a similar role.You will work closely with, and report to, our Head Chef to deliver a first class food experience to our visitors.

The successful candidate can expect a competitive rate of pay, free entry to the House and Gardens, meals on duty and the chance to work with some of the best produce the Estate and island has to offer.

Immediate start available. Rate of pay is dependent on experience.  Hours will be dependent on the needs of the business.

Please note this position is offered on a seasonal basis until 25th October 2019.  There may be an opportunity for employment out with the season depending on business growth.

Interested applicants should submit a CV with covering letter by email to campbell@mountstuart.com