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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 combine 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 here.

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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.

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Opening times & dates

House

Gardens

Visitor Centre

Shop & Eat

 

Mount Stuart will reopen on 23 March 2018 with lots of wonderful new events, activities and exhibitions for you to enjoy! We can’t wait to welcome you. Keep an eye on our website and social media for updates.

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.

Mount Stuart will reopen on 23 March 2018 with lots of wonderful new events, activities and our annual Visual Arts exhibition for you to enjoy! We can’t wait to welcome you. Keep an eye on our website and social media for updates.

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.

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

Mount Stuart will reopen on 23 March 2018 with lots of wonderful new events, activities and exhibitions for you to enjoy! We can’t wait to welcome you. Keep an eye on our website and social media for updates.

 

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.

Mount Stuart will reopen on 23 March 2018 with lots of wonderful new events, activities and exhibitions for you to enjoy! We can’t wait to welcome you. Keep an eye on our website and social media for updates.

Tickets & Prices

What’s right for you

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

 

 

Membership

Any full price ticket can be converted to membership for no extra cost and gives you access to the house and gardens free of charge for a full year. Ask for details when purchasing your ticket or contact our Visitor Experience Manager, Louisa, on 01700 503 877 or louisa@mountstuart.com.

Ticket Prices

TypeHouse & Garden
Adult£13
Concession£11
Child (5-15)£7.50
Family (2 adults, 3 children)£40