Bute is only 33miles from Glasgow (as the crow flies) so a trip down the Clyde is definitely an option. We are one of the most accessible of the westerly isles from the Scottish Central Belt. It’s a peaceful island haven, just a stone’s throw away from the mainland. Take a look at our Getting to Bute page to arrange your travel
We are only 15 miles long by 4 miles wide but there is loads to see and do. You might spot porpoises accompanying your ferry journey and if you’ve never seen a seal up close in the wild head over to Scalpsie Bay. The West Island Way is an island long marked trail which can be tackled in sections – it’s a great way to see Bute’s flora and fauna and of course the views to Arran and Cowal
Bute is renowned for its glorious gardens and grand architecture. The Esplanade Gardens on the front as you get off the ferry are a summer favourite for a quiet contemplate on a bench or you can try your hand on the putting green. Visit Ardencraig Gardens on Canada Hill which features a walled garden and an exotic aviary. The marvellous gardens of Mount Stuart House are a must (and the house itself of course!) and Ascog Fernery is open once again after a change of ownership.
Rothesay and Port Bannatyne are great places for a bite to eat with cafes, bistros, bars and restaurants. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay there are hotels and B&Bs overlooking Rothesay Bay, and loads of self-catering flats and houses to choose from. Have a look at our Eat & Drink and Sleep pages.
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Bute’s 2018 Gin Festival was held over the weekend 9/10 February. Hosted by the Glenburn Hotel, the Festival brought an eclectic mix of gins and gin makers to the Island. So, we went along (purely in the interests of research, you understand)! As I said to my wife, ” I am a wine and beer […]