Entries by Alisdair Johnston

Bute Studio Trail Competition

Thanks to the generosity of the Bute Artist’s Collective, Visit Bute are delighted to announce another great competition.  So that you can get to the Bute Studio Trail weekend more easily, we are offering two prizes each of a  £50 voucher to spend on the trail and  return ferry tickets for a car and two adults. […]

Bute Noir Competition

Visit Bute are running another competition! Thanks to the generosity of Bute Noir, we are able to offer two tickets to one event in this all-star weekend as follows: Where?  Rothesay Library. When? Saturday 4 August; 3.30pm. What?  “Now for something completely different” Who?  Chris Brookmyre, Helen FitzGerald, Abir Mukherjee and Luca Veste. How?  Fill […]

Motorhoming on Bute

This is written by Jonty and Morag Clews, who are frequent visitors to Bute. Normally, they come by boat, but here they describe their visit via Freebird 2 – their motorhome, as part of their year-long trip around the UK. We arrived at Wemyss Bay aboard our 6m Hymer Camp Motorhome ‘Freebird Too” just in […]

Visit Bute Winter Competition – She’s a Winner!

The Bute House Party Competition has been won by Sai K from Glasgow.  She says: “Really excited to be the winner for the fantastic opportunity to stay at the house party. I have been planning to visit this wee island from long time. This would be the best opportunity to organise my long awaited re-union with […]

Wildflowers on Bute

Guest Post: Text and photos courtesy of Roger Connard: As the springtime slowly starts its advance, it’s a good time to think about the wonderful array of wild flowers to be found on Bute. The island is home to over 800 species of vascular plants, not bad for an island that is only about 13 […]

Bute Gin Festival 2018

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 […]


This blog was submitted by Andrew Crosbie, who recounts a Round-Bute Bus Tour: After a train trip of just under an hour from Glasgow Central to Wemyss Bay and then a 35 minute ferry crossing I arrived in Rothesay where I crossed the road and got onto the open top bus tour to explore the […]

Golf on Bute Part 3: Port Bannatyne Golf Course

Iain Macleod, who has been golfing here since the 1950s, completes his trilogy by discussing Bute’s 3rd Course: Port Bannatyne. Although the youngest of the three Bute courses, Port Bannatyne dates back to the year of the Titanic disaster and celebrated its centenary in 2012. That was marked by a host of special events, including […]

Golf on Bute Part 2 : Rothesay Golf Club

Our guest blogger this month is, once again, Iain Macleod, who has been golfing here since the 1950s.  Here, Iain covers the development of the second of Bute’s 3 fantastic Golf Courses: Rothesay.   In contrast with the flat, links-like Kingarth layout, Rothesay Golf Course climbs and winds round the slopes of Canada Hill, immediately […]

Golf on Bute Part 1: Bute Golf Club

Our guest blogger this month is Iain Macleod, who has been golfing here since the 1950s….! Golf on the Island For an island 15 miles long by 4 miles wide, occupying a land area of less than 50 square miles, Bute is particularly well endowed in the opportunities for golfers. There are three long-established courses […]


The Visit Bute Team will be representing the Island at the Scottish Boat Show in Inverkip (13 -15 Oct 17). Go along and meet them -find out what’s happening on Bute in 2018, and enter our great winter competition. Click here for more. Don’t forget that you can reserve a Bute Passport  in time for […]

Feedback from California

We are always happy to have feedback from satisfied visitors. In this case, from Berkeley, California.  John, who visited a few days ago, writes:   “It was a truly wonderful trip, Alisdair. 10 days in Scotland and we didn’t open a brolly even once. Is this a record? We did all the things tourists do […]

Glenburn Golf Competition – Another Winner!

The winner of the latest Glenburn Golf weekend competition is Jan, from Greenock. Jan says” “Love visiting Bute – can’t believe I’ve won a competition.  Looking forward to staying in The Glenburn for the first time. The views are fantastic. My husband is a keen golfer and will enjoy playing this course again.”   Jan […]

Mark Beaumont does Bute!

Mark Beaumont visited Bute, as part of his Wild about Argyll tour. This short video shows many of the attributes of our beautiful Island. You can see more of Mark’s adventures here.  Read more about cycling on Bute, and win a Bute Experience here. If you are a competitive cyclist, why not join in the Rothesay Cycling weekend – […]

Paperlove Comes to Bute

Paperlove comes to Bute!   Three years ago a group of us met through ‘Paperlove’, an online course run by Rachel Hazell, a book artist living in Edinburgh.  Through the course’s Facebook page some of us grew to know each other and form friendships; and some have met at Paperlove and Alumni workshops, or while on […]

Butefest Prize Draw – We have a Winner!

The Butefest competition has been drawn by random selection. The winner is Sue, from Gloucestershire.  Sue is the lucky winner of two weekend tickets for Butefest 2017 plus £50 of Calmac  vouchers. Sue says ” Many thanks for this. I am delighted. Bute has been on my list of islands to visit for a long time and this […]

Round Bute Race – A Crewman’s Viewpoint

Yesterday I had a “day off” and took part in the Isle of Bute Sailing Club Round Bute Race.  I was invited to crew on the  37 foot Jeanneau yacht “Phantom” – as part of a crew of six.  In previous years, the competitors have struggled to get round the 45-odd mile course due to […]

Bute Glenburn Golf Weekend-First on the Leader Board!

The winner of the first Bute Golf weekend competition has been selected.  He is Dave Robinson from Kendal.  Dave says: “That’s fantastic!  Never won a competition before and to get the chance to return so soon to lovely Bute for the weekend is just incredible.  I like Bute because it is so unspoilt.  The combination […]

Bute Golf Weekend – at the Glenburn

Love Golf?  Adore luxury hotels? The Glenburn Hotel and Rothesay Golf Club have teamed up to bring you a brilliant offer! Win a weekend for two at Bute’s premier hotel (half board) with two rounds of  golf thrown in. To enter this fantastic competition, which will be drawn by random selection every month throughout the […]

Two Scots Abroad on Bute – Guest Post.

This post is by Gemma from Two Scots Abroad.  Read on… ” After trekking the 96 miles of the West Highland Way my friends and I (Gemma) were looking for a new challenge to fill the May Day weekend. We had heard of the West Island Way but knew little about the Isle of Bute. […]

Bute – The Closest Island

Bute is close (90 minutes)  to the Scottish Central belt, and to Glasgow Airport (75 minutes). You can get here by train and ferry or by car and ferry. There is no need to book on the frequent ferries (unlike most other destinations) – and due to Road Equivalent Tariff, introduced last year, the cost […]


This piece of recent feedback may interest our readers. (From a recent visitor from Cornwall): “We brought friends with us from Cornwall and with a fresh eye, what impressed them most of all were as follows: The gardens along the front of the town, a huge asset.( we hope they will always be a feature). […]