Entries by Alisdair Johnston

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 […]

Bute Artists’ Studio Trail -She’s a Winner!

The Bute Artist’s Studio Trail competition has been drawn.  The winner is Elaine from Hamilton. Elaine wins £50 in ferry vouchers and a £100 Bute Artists Voucher.  Elaine says:  “Absolutely thrilled to have won this.  My friend and I have visited a couple of studios in the past and been very impressed.  This will help […]

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 Noir Competition

This is the second year of Bute Noir, the Island’s very own crime writing festival. If you have no idea what Bute Noir is about – click here. To make this fascinating weekend even more attractive, we have put together a  little competition. You can win £50 of ferry vouchers and two tickets to Myra […]

Bute Bus Tour Tickets – He’s a Winner!

The winner of the first Bute Open-top Bus Tour competition has been drawn. He is George Martin, from Largs. George says: “Having visited many Scottish islands, I must say the Isle of Bute features uniquely. Stunning Mount Stuart house is incomparable with its fantastic gardens and the town of Rothesay with its medieval castle is […]

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 […]

Butefest Prize Draw

Now another great reason to come to Bute! Butefest  (28- 30 July 2017) is the iconic music festival on the West Coast. Full details are on the Butefest site. Bute is easy and cheap to get to. Now we’re making it even better! In cooperation with the Butefest team, we’re offering two adult weekend tickets […]

Bute Studio Trail Competition

Are you attending the  Isle of Bute Artist’s Collective (IBAC) Bute Studio Trail this year? If not,  you could be missing out on a wonderful event. See here for details. Now we’re making this fantastic weekend even more attractive to you. Bute Artists Collective are offering a £100 voucher, which can be used when visiting any […]

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 Bus Tour Free Tickets to be Won!

Round Bute Bus Tours, run by West Coast Tours, start on 26 May.  Full information on this excellent trip is here This is a great way to see Bute, and to make it even more attractive, West Coast Tours have offered us  some family tickets (two adults and up to three children) to give away to you. […]

Easter on Bute

It’s almost Easter, and we have a great start to the season on Bute. On the 9th we have the Light-Up Bute  Easter Festival. On the 15th, the Glenburn has a cabaret evening. On the 16th, there is the first Bute Sunday Market  

Win 2 Tickets to the Bute Jazz 30th Anniversary Concert!

Another great Visit Bute competition!  You  can win two tickets  (worth £30)  to this fantastic concert on 30th April 2017, courtesy of Bute Jazz (http://www.butejazz.com/)  – and to make sure you get there, (and home!)  Visit Bute is throwing in £40 of ferry vouchers.  That’s enough for a car, driver and 2 passengers on the […]

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). […]