Welcome to the Isle of Bute in 2014. People from around the world are coming to Scotland this year for HomeComing Scotland and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (starting this week!). Bute is only 33miles from Glasgow (as the crow flies) so a wee side 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.
A rich diversity of flora and fauna can be discovered on the 15 miles long by 4 miles wide island. From the possibility of porpoises accompanying your ferry journey to the nesting pair of ospreys that can be viewed from the west road all the way over to Scalpsie Bay and its large population of seals, there is an abundance of wildlife all within a short walk, cycle or drive. Parts of the north of the island in the Community Forest have been registered as Sites of Special Scientific Interest due to their biodiversity, which is unique to Bute.
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 and try your hand on the putting green. Visit Ardencraig Gardens on Canada Hill which features a broad range of flowers as well as an exotic aviary and of course a visit to Mount Stuart is a must!
Rothesay and Port Bannatyne are great places for a bite to eat with plenty of cafes, bistros, bars and restaurants lining the sea front. There are several hotels and B&Bs overlooking Rothesay Bay with fantastic views out towards the mainland. Have a look at our Eat & Drink and Sleep directories.
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What better way to indulge yourself in the pure flavour of Scotland than to experience at first hand the magic of a Highland Games set on a beautiful Scottish island. The wonderful and haunting music of pipe bands; the supreme expertise and skill of highland dancers; the prowess and strength of heavy event athletes and wrestlers; the enthusiasm and energy of track runners; the sheer endurance of road race competitors and an opportunity to see just what Shinty is all about!
Competitors come from all around the world to compete for trophies and if you decide to come too, you can take advantage of a special Paddle Steamer Waverley offer of half price entry to the games if you take the trip doon the Clyde on this iconic vessel. CLICK HERE to go to the Waverley website and book your ticket for Saturday’s sailing.
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