Art & Collections

The Bute Collection is one of the foremost private collections of artwork and artefacts in the UK, and is especially notable for its British portraiture from the 18th and 19th centuries, Italian masterpieces from the 16th century, and Dutch and Flemish Old Masters.



Learning is at the heart of all Mount Stuart Trust’s activities. Inspired by the thirst for knowledge demonstrated in the collection, our growing Education programme offers a wide range of activities for all ages and stages.

We offer university placements, modern apprenticeships, secondary school and themed workshops, visits and work experience for all school students.


Visual Arts

The Mount Stuart Visual Arts Programme aims to commission new work, to promote and facilitate interest in the contemporary visual arts and bring exhibitions of international significance to Argyll and Bute. The Programme was inaugurated 2001 together with the RIBA award winning new-build visitor centre designed by Munckenbeck and Marshall, incorporating an audio visual, and event space.

"My delightful job is to encourage laughter and learning in every corner of Mount Stuart” - Morven Gregor, Education Officer

The collection also houses a varied compilation of archives, books, furniture, silverwork and porcelain, reflecting the interests of various generations of the Bute family. Mount Stuart is home to some 25,000 books from the Bute Collection and includes works relating to theology, botany, agriculture, ornithology, travel, English fiction and Scottish history and literature.


The Bute family has a long tradition of architectural patronage and the Bute Collection reflects this with its extensive collection of architectural drawings and decorative designs. Mount Stuart also hosts a wonderfully original range decorative art, featuring many pieces custom-made for the House.