Opening Times & Ticket Prices

Mount Stuart is open all year round! One admission ticket gives you full access to the House and Gardens and can be purchased from the ground floor of our award-winning Visitor Centre, online or from select partners across Bute. Our welcoming staff will update you with tour times, and activities taking place during your visit. From 29th October the shuttle bus will not be running and the Visitor Centre will be closed. It is a 20 minute walk to the House from the Visitor Centre and there are a limited number of parking spaces close to the House for Blue Badge holders.

Opening times & dates



Visitor Centre

Bute Kitchen

7th January – 21st March 2019Monday - FridayPre-booked tours only. Contact our Team to book by emailing or phoning 01700 503877
Saturday & SundayClosed
22nd March - 21st December 2019Monday - SundayMore information coming soon.

Mount Stuart is open all year round! One admission ticket gives you full access to the House and Gardens and can be purchased from the ground floor of our award-winning Visitor Centre, online or from select partners across Bute. Our welcoming staff will update you with tour times, and activities taking place during your visit.

If you would like to book a tour ahead of your visit, get in touch with us on 01700 503 877 or email Places on tours are limited so booking in advance is advisable.

* Bank Holiday opening times: 11.00am-12.00pm Guided Tours, 12.00pm-4.00pm Free Flow

29th October - 21st December 201810.00am - 4.00pm
7th January – 21st December 2019More information coming soon.

Mount Stuart’s 300 acre gardens and grounds are home to a spectacular collection of native and exotic flora, which give life to several gardens with distinct personalities. Important botanical specimens and champion Rhododendrons grow alongside plants endangered in their native habitats.


7th January – 21st December 2019Monday - SundayVisitor Centre & Gift ShopMore information coming soon.
Coffee ShopMore information coming soon.

Admission tickets for the House and Gardens can be purchased from the ground floor of our award-winning Visitor Centre. Our welcoming staff will update you with tour times. From 29 October 2018 tickets should be purchased from Bute Kitchen.

Tickets are not necessary for access to the Visitor Centre or Adventure Playground.


7th January – 21st December 2019Monday - FridayMore information coming soon.
Saturday & SundayMore information coming soon.


We are delighted to offer a range of catering options for your visit to Mount Stuart.

Both the Visitor Centre Coffee Shop and the Bute Kitchen offer a delicious range of soups, sandwiches, salads, savoury bites and sweet treats.

Wherever possible we use fresh, local produce including smoked salmon from Ritchie’s of Rothesay, dairy from McAllister’s, cold meats from McQueen’s and salad leaves, fruit and vegetables from the Mount Stuart Kitchen Garden.

Whether you wish to relax and enjoy the ambience of the house courtyard or ‘grab and go’ with a delicious picnic, we offer something for everyone.

Special menus can be tailored to suit the requirements of large parties and groups.

Please speak to our Events and Visitor Services Team on 01700 50 3877.

Check out our Shop & Eat page for more details.

Closed Dates

On some dates throughout the year Mount Stuart may close early or open late due to private events. On these dates tour times may differ to those advertised, some rooms may not be available to visit and tickets can only be purchased from our Visitor Centre.

Mount Stuart Ticket Prices

What’s right for you

If you would like to book a tour ahead of your visit, get in touch with us on 01700 503 877 or email Places on tours are limited so booking in advance is advisable.

If you’re a UK taxpayer, you can add Gift Aid to your ticket purchase to increase the value of your charity donation to the Mount Stuart Trust by 25%, because we can reclaim the basic rate of tax on your gift, at no extra cost to you. Simply speak to our staff when you buy your ticket or select the ‘add gift aid’ option at checkout on our website.

From 29 October 2018 tickets, gifts and refreshments will only be available to purchase from the Bute Kitchen and Courtyard Shop.

Group Visits

Large groups are welcome at Mount Stuart and we have a number of packages available to make your visit extra special. Find out more about booking a group visit here.


As a member of Mount Stuart you’ll enjoy many benefits such as discounts in our Coffee Shop and at the Bute Kitchen, early access to our events & tours, and our regular membership e-newsletter full of exciting news and stories from our team, but most importantly you’ll be supporting the work of the Mount Stuart Trust.

Your membership fee helps keep Mount Stuart house & gardens open to the public, supports the conservation work on our stunning building and Collection and helps us to provide work experience and opportunities to young people from the Isle of Bute and the West Coast of Scotland.

We offer three types of membership, Day Pass, Annual and Bute Memberships, you can find out which is best for you here.

Ticket Prices

TypeHouse & Garden
Child (5-15)£7.50
Family (2 adults, 3 children)£39
Group Rates*£8.25

*Group Rates are applicable for parties of 15 or more. Price is per person.

Mount Stuart Tours

One Hour Private Tour – £20.00PP

Your guide will lead you on a tour of our principal rooms including the Dining Room, Drawing Room and Marble Chapel. The rooms viewed are also available on the 1 Hour Public Tour and Free Flow admission.

Two Hour Private Tour – £40.00PP

Your guide will lead you on an extended tour of the House to include viewing of rooms that are not normally open to the general public including the Burges Chapel and Billiard Room.

Private Tours are available Monday – Sunday from March to October and Monday – Friday from November to February (subject to availability). Rooms viewed may vary from those advertised due to ongoing conservation work. For further details or to make a booking please contact the Visitor Experience Team tel: 01700 503877 or email

Group discounts are available.

Gift Cards

We are now offering gift cards for one & two hour private tours & afternoon teas for our 2019 season. The perfect Christmas gift for someone special or as a treat for yourself and a loved one!

Buy Gift Cards

Exclusive Mount Stuart Offers

We have joined forces with Historic Scotland at Rothesay Castle to offer 10% off entry to either Mount Stuart or the Castle when showing a valid ticket for the other attraction. Simply bring along your ticket or receipt to get 10% off!

We are also offering:

  • Free entry to the Gardens for RHS members. If you would also like to visit the house you will need to purchase a ticket.
  • Free entry to HHA & ASVA members
  • 25% discount for Art Fund members

2018 is the Year of Young People so we are celebrating with these exclusive offers:

  • Kids go free with a CalMac Rail & Sail ticket. More details here.
  • All Scottish School children go free with one full paying adult
  • £1 entry for all Young Scot Card Holders

These discounts are not available online, please purchase your tickets from our Visitor Centre.


Where to find us

Mount Stuart is located on the Isle of Bute, the most accessible island off the west coast of Scotland. Public transport links to Mount Stuart are fully integrated, ensuring that visitors can get here quickly, and easily.

The Isle of Bute is approximately 50 minutes away from Glasgow by road or rail, followed by a 35 minute ferry crossing from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay. Alternatively another ferry runs from Colintraive to Rhubodach, taking less than 5 minutes. Mount Stuart is 5 miles south of the island’s principal town: Rothesay, and is well signposted from the ferry terminal.



Arriving by Ferry

Caledonian MacBrayne (Calmac) operate two ferry routes offering a daily and frequent service to the Isle of Bute; the main route from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay (taking approximately 35 minutes), and from Colintraive in Argyll to Rhubodach (taking less than 5 minutes).

Inclusive travel tickets can be purchased from the CalMac office at Wemyss Bay and include:

  • Return travel on the Wemyss Bay – Rothesay ferry service
  • Admission to Mount Stuart House and  our wonderful gardens
  • You can also purchase tickets for the Isle of Bute Open Top Bus Tour which stops at Mount Stuart. These tickets are valid for one day and can be used as an all day pass on West Coast Motors local bus services.

Travelling to Bute by ferry is easy and affordable, especially with these great value for money travel packages.

View timetables


Arriving by Car or Bus

There is an excellent bus service from Rothesay to Mount Stuart. Passengers coming into Rothesay can take the 90/490 (or on Sundays the 493) West Coast Motors service to Kilchattan Bay from a stop just outside the ferry terminal. The journey along the coastal road takes 12 minutes, allowing passengers to enjoy the stunning scenery before being dropped off at the Visitor Centre. Courtesy transport between the Visitor Centre, Kitchen Garden and House runs from 10.30am – 4.45pm, with stops en route available on request.

We offer free car parking at the Visitor Centre and free coach parking at the house.

If you are travelling by car our address for your SAT Nav is:

Mount Stuart
Isle of Bute
PA20 9LR



Arriving by Rail

Glasgow Central Station runs a regular train service to and from Wemyss Bay, with an ornately covered walkway leading you directly to the ferry office. Please see National Rail Enquiries for timetable information.

ScotRail offer a combined Rail & Sail ticket, available to purchase from Central Station in Glasgow which includes train travel from Glasgow to Wemyss Bay and ferry travel from Wemyss Bay to Bute. Find out more on ScotRail’s website or book your ticket here.



Arriving by Air

There are daily international flights into and out of Glasgow International and Glasgow Prestwick airports, with rail and bus links to Glasgow from both. If you are driving you can reach Bute from either airport in about an hour and a half, which includes the 35 minute ferry crossing from Wemyss Bay.