In the centre of Rothesay you will find the impressive ruins of Rothesay Castle, built for the Stewarts of Scotland in the 13th century and cared for now by Historic Scotland.
The impressive corner towers were added to the castle after the attempted invasion by the vikings in 1263, but today all nationalities are warmly welcomed across the drawbridge to visit the castle.
Walk through the atmospheric ruins and visit the restored Gatehouse to see the displays that detail the history of this ancient building. You can even peer down into the windowless prison!
The Castle is not only a popular attraction for the tourists that visit Bute, but it is also a magnificent venue that can be hired for weddings, events and conferences.
1 April to 30 September:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 5pm
1 October to 31 March:
Daily except Thursday and Friday, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.30pm
Monument may close for lunch.
25 and 26 December
1 and 2 January
Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
Child aged 5–15: £3.00
Child under 5: FREE
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Concession price: this applies if you can show proof that you’re aged 60+ or unemployed.
Admission prices are subject to change.
To celebrate the Year of Young People 2018, Historic Scotland’s sites are offering £1 entry to Young Scot card holders!