Discover Bute

Mount Stuart is known as the jewel in the crown of Bute, but it’s far from the only treasure on the island there are so many other things to see and do that make Bute a perfect Scottish holiday. You can take afternoon tea at the well-known Ettrick Bay Tearooms, explore Rothesay Castle or Bute Museum to find out why the island is so special, seal watch at Scalpsie Bay or visit the still-working Victorian public toilets at Rothesay harbour.  Or why not visit the villages of Bute where you can discover the birthplace of a Christian saint at St Blane’s near Kingarth or a tiny piece of England at Kerrycroy, modelled after a quintessentially English village.

Those who enjoy a more active holiday are spoilt for choice, with a range of outdoor activities to pursue including walking, fishing, cycling, kayaking, sailing and golfing. Walkers can tackle the West Island Way, an adventurous route that allows you to see the island in your own time, while Loch Fad in the centre of Bute offers those who love to fish the opportunity to do so in glorious surroundings. Hire a bike from the Bike Shed and take advantage of the flat coastal roads and stunning scenery – Bute is well known for its varied wildlife and you might even catch a glimpse of a red deer or a golden eagle as you cycle. There is a fascinating array of birdlife on Bute, for birdwatchers of all ages, providing a feast for the eyes in the winter months.

Keen golfers can choose from one of Bute’s three golf courses, each with its own challenges but all with spectacular views.  And speaking of spectacular views, Bute’s beautiful coastline makes this a perfect choice for sea farers.  Bute offers a choice of marinas and berthing options and is also one of Scotland’s world class sea-kayaking destinations.  Whether a novice paddler or a seasoned sea kayaker, you can explore Bute’s varied coastline with Kayak Bute.

Bute enjoys milder climate than many other Scottish islands and the warmer climate has also allowed a fine collection of beautiful gardens to flourish: as well as Mount Stuart’s own magnificent grounds, you can also visit Ardencraig Gardens at Ascog. We also have an avid bird-watching community who record and enjoy over 200 species of birds found on Bute.

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Places to Stay

We have a wide range of self catering properties across the island to suit every visitor but if you would prefer to stay at a hotel, B&B or closer to town there are plenty of options on Bute we recommend. You can purchase discounted tickets to Mount Stuart from any of these businesses.

Victoria Hotel

A family-owned guesthouse in the centre of town the Victoria Hotel offers guests the very best of traditional Scottish hospitality combined with modern facilities. With twenty well appointed en-suite rooms and a choice of dining in eitehr Victoria’s Restaurant or Ghillies Bistro.

Blairbank Apartments

Close to the town centre enjoy the stunning vista over Rothesay Bay and the Kyles of Bute from both the living room and double bedroom of this self catering holiday home.

The Ardyne Guest House

The Ardyne is a beautiful Victorian Villa with many original features close to Rothesay, perfect for family holidays.

Ettrick Cottage 

This self contained cottage is perfect for a romantic couples retreat with beautiful views across Ettrick Bay.

Plan Farm

Plan Farm is a perfect self catering cottage for large groups or family holidays set on a busy working farm.

The Bayview Hotel

Situated on the quiet Craigmore shore in Rothesay, The Bayview Hotel  is a Visit Scotland Four Star Rated Guest House which provides bed and breakfast accommodation.

The Glenburn Hotel

Originally constructed in 1892 as a hydrotherapy retreat The Glenburn commands fabulous views overlooking Rothesay Bay and the Cowal Peninsula. With 119 rooms this hotel is perfect no matter how many people you are travelling with.

St Blane’s House

Ideal for large family gatherings and celebrations, this spacious, detached holiday house  was previously a hotel with spectacular views of the sea and the surrounding islands.

Ardencraig Apartments

Ardencraig House Apartments, are five extremely spacious and comfortable apartments, in a beautifully converted Georgian mansion. Carefully located in a sheltered position overlooking the Firth of Clyde, the house stands in large gardens which are occasionally visited by the local deer and other wildlife.

The Boat House

With The Boat House  you get the best of both worlds, the flexibility of self catering and breakfast service include. One of The Boat House suites in wheelchair accessible.

The Commodore Guest House

Just a 3 minute stroll from Rothesay Pier and bustling town centre, this guesthouse enjoys panoramic views over Rothesay Bay and the rolling hills of the Cowal peninsula.

Munro’s Self Catering

A delightful self catering property, perfect for large groups, is situated just outside Rothesay.

You can also buy discounted Mount Stuart tickets from The Atelier, the Bute Fabrics shop in Rothesay and Benmore Botanic Gardens.