Entries by ANDREW WALTERS

Have You Visited Bute Before?

We have designed a visitor survey to gather information about who comes to our beautiful island, from where and what they do when they get here. Information like this will help us shape the future offering for our visitors. If you have 5 mins we’d really appreciate you filling it out. Follow the link below […]

Coming to Bute on a Yacht or Motoryacht?

We’re excited to announce our new Marine Visitor Guide for Bute.  It contains some really useful information to help sailors make the most of their stay on Bute. You can pick a copy up on arrival or download a copy using the link below…. Marine-Brochure-version-web

The Bute Highland Games 2015

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 […]

We’ve Secured Lottery Funding for a Marine Tourism Study!

How can Bute increase its appeal to the marine tourism visitor? Well, we are going to try and find out by carrying out some research. We have secured a small amount of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and we have commissioned Nina Graham to carry out the work. Nina was on Bute last week […]

Isle of Bute – My Highlights of Spring/Summer Events

The Isle of Bute has a fantastic range of annual events to suit all tastes. Now that I have lived on the island for a year I have had the chance to experience many of them for myself. An eclectic mix of outings has seen me dance along the streets in a Jazz brollie march, […]

Island Hopping

For a number of years Calmac, our ferry route company, have offered ferry tickets for multiple routes. By this I mean that you can buy one ticket to cover 2-3 ferry journeys. The tickets are valid for 31 days from the date of purchase and can be used in either direction on your chosen route. They are […]

The West Island Way

To celebrate the millenium a new walking route was inaugurated on Bute in 2000 by none other than Janet Street Porter who was the then President of the Ramblers Association. The West Island Way (see what we did there) is an island length footpath of around 40km and can be tackled by most walking enthusiasts […]

Enter our Facebook Prize Draw

We have a great prize on offer for users of Facebook. You could win a Free 1 night stay at The Mecknoch B & B plus a behind the scenes tour at Mountstuart House which culminates in a scrumptious tea in the fabulous Purple Sitting Room. Just CLICK HERE to go to our Facebook page and […]

Bute Jazz Festival – A Vibrant Weekend in May

If you are a music fan you could be in for a treat by visiting Bute during the annual Jazz Festival. The festival is now in it’s 27th year and regularly attracts Jazz & Blues fans to the island in their droves. The weekend kicks of the season for many tourism businesses and as the […]

Ardencraig Gardens – A Secret Garden

If you planning a visit to Bute in the Spring or Summer then allow some time to visit Ardencraig Gardens at High Craigmore. The gardens were originally part of the estate of Ardencraig House but in 1970 they were acquired by Rothesay Town Council (and latterly by Argyll & Bute Council). Ardencraig is essentially a […]

A Trip to Bute

This interesting and unusually styled piece by Roy Hayler describes the former islander’s return trip to Bute. The train journey from Glasgow to Wemyss Bay, the dichotomy of the recently captured in film Greenock, is enough of a taster as to what to expect from your time on the Island of Bute, nestled excellently, vastly […]

The Winter Garden Discovery Centre

When arriving in Rothesay the Discovery Centre should perhaps be your first port of call.  Stepping off the ferry, turning right and walking a short distance up Victoria Street you will be met with a grand cast iron and glass structure: the 1924 Winter Garden.  This picturesque building now houses the Discovery Centre – Bute’s […]

Sample Bute’s History

Bute’s heritage is unsurpassed. Thousands of years of history await your arrival on Bute where people have lived for over 8,000 years. Standing stones, cists, Iron Age forts, grand mansions, a 13th century castle and memorabilia from Bute’s importance as a submarine base during WWII are all here to be discovered. Below is a list […]

Bute Museum – A gem of a place…

Tucked away in a small street behind Rothesay Castle you’ll find one of the most interesting visitor attractions on the island. Bute Museum houses a compact but fascinating collection of artifacts relating to Bute through the ages. The Natural History hall has a large collection of Bute native species (Feathered and furred and showcasing the skills […]

Bute’s Santa is authentic…

Local resident Ed Clark has interpreted Santa Claus as the Victorians might have seen him. None of the Coca-Cola inspired bright red in the costume, but a rich and more muted tone to his robe with a fabulous gold waistcoat and beautiful fur trim. The authentic white (real) beard  and floral crown complete his splendid […]

It’s Christmas Panto time!

Bute Amateur players in association with local charity Achievement Bute have produced a classic version of Sleeping Beauty for this years Christmas Pantomime. There are 2 shows on Friday 20th and Sat 21st so you won’t miss out. The kids (and the big kids) will love it!

Skerryvore at the Pavilion

Wow, 2 great gigs on the same night (Sat 14th December!) Scottish folk-rock band Skerryvore will be playing a gig at Rothesay Pavilion as part of their winter tour. The band will have spent the day with Achievement Bute participating in a music workshop. For more info about the band and a link to ticket […]

Rab Noakes in Concert

Transclyde Music is our local gig organiser – real music enthusiasts bringing quality acts to Bute.  This month, in fact next weekend 14th December, Rab Noakes will be playing at the Craigmore Bowling Club. It’ll be a great night. Get more info on the Transclyde website.   

Fishing on Bute

THE LOCHS OF BUTE Fishing is a favourite past time on Bute. From the tranquillity of Loch Fad with spectacular views of the surrounding topography of the Highland Boundary Fault to exciting sea fishing around the Firth of Clyde there is something for every keen angler. Bute has around half a dozen Lochs available to […]

Walking on Bute

Bute is a lovely place to walk. It is fairly low lying so there are no strenuous climbs, just 360 degrees of beautiful views. From the recently established West Island Way to the trials and paths through the Bute Community Forest, there are plenty of walks to choose from. Everyone on Bute will be happy […]