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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]