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 tourist information point. Here you will find one of Scotland’s most innovative and exciting visitor centres as well as a shop and 90 seat cinema showing the latest Hollywood blockbusters and also accommodating the Bute Film Club who screen arthouse cinema over the winter season on a Sunday night.
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The former Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling & Trossachs Tourist Board (now VisitScotland) undertook an extensive and sympathetic restoration of the building in 2001 to turn this Grade A-listed building into what you see today. Stepping outside you will see the beautifully kept esplanade gardens and during the summer, a putting green.