Food, Drink, or Retail Opportunities at Bute Yard

Food, Drink, or Retail Opportunities at Bute Yard

The aim is to provide open plan work/retail spaces for new and established businesses to be able to grow allowing collaboration and support.

Mansion House

Situated on High Street, opposite the historic Rothesay Castle and only 5mins walk from the ferry terminal, Mansion House is set in the heart of Rothesay.

Local business in the immediate vicinity include Bute Yard, Isle of Bute Distillery, Isle of Bute Smoke House, Bute Kitchen, Bonnie Bling & Isle of Bute Coffee Co.

The Isle of Bute is home to some 6,500 people. It is perhaps the most accessible of the Scottish islands and accessed via the ferry from Wemyss Bay (35mins) which is only 45mins from Glasgow.

The island is home to a growing number of creative and food based people and businesses and Mount Stuart Trust are hoping to establish a base for such to come together, work and thrive.

Units To Let

No65 High Street forms part of the historic Mansion House and High Street complex, which overlook Rothesay Castle and Bute Yard.

The unit provides approximately 50m2 of open plan floor space and is currently in a shell condition ready for fit out. Mount Stuart Trust will work with a perspective tenant to ensure it is suitable for individual requirements. The following is provided:

  • Open plan retail/workshop area
  • Ability to be divided into smaller units
  • Main electricity
  • Mains water supply
  • Double glazed windows and secure solid core entrance doors
  • Shared use of toilet facilities *located within Bute Yard

The newly opened Bute Yard is situated to the rear and provides a multi-functional open plan event space. Lead tenants include Isle of Bute Distillery, Bute Brew, Isle of Bute Smoke House and Bute Kitchen.

The Proposed Occupier

Mount Stuart Trust are looking for tenants with an aspiration to work collaboratively with others and in particular the wider island community. With a food and drink or bespoke creative business based idea we will support your existing or new start up business to progress. Demonstrating integrity, innovation, excellence and energy are all vital qualities required.

The successful applicant

Will produce a commercially sustainable business plan including a 3-year cashflow forecast including proposed rent.

Have enthusiasm to work with Mount Stuart Trust towards environmental, sustainable and social aims and show how the businesses will engage with local producers.


Mount Stuart seeks to support tenants in whatever way we can. The Trust have several residential properties which may be available to rent by separate Private Residential Tenancy.

Get in Touch

If the above sounds interesting and you have an idea or an existing business please do get in touch. Please send your application to