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Rural

A heritage landscape. Under careful stewardship.

Bute is the island we call home. We work in conjunction with the Scottish Land Commission to make the most of this special land and safeguard the rural integrity of Mount Stuart. Our primary focus centres around agriculture, forestry, sawmill, horticulture, and stewardship

We understand the importance of sustainability. We collaborate with the rural community to conceive and deliver sustainable ways of living and working on the island. Our sawmill employs local staff – with a large amount of timber being grown, sawn, treated and sold on the island. Our tenant farmers use timber from the estate. We aim to boost the rural economy, strengthen long-held traditions and protect the ways of island life.

We continue to innovate, learn, and preserve the natural beauty of Bute.

Agriculture

Bute is a green, fertile island that’s ideal for farming. The majority of the land on Bute is used for beef, sheep and dairy farming. The Bute Estate property portfolio also includes several working farms.

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Forestry

We want to make the most of the land and its resources – to contribute to the environment, improve quality of life for our communities, and boost the local economy.

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The Kerrylamont Centre

Situated at the southern edge of Mount Stuart’s landscaped gardens, Kerrylamont was historically the home farm of the estate. Today, we are working with local partners and stakeholders to create the Kerrylamont Centre for Rural Skills and Enterprise.

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#MyMountStuart Sandy

Sandy has worked for Mount Stuart for over 60 years. Find out about his life on the farm.

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