Bute is only 33 miles from Glasgow (as the crow flies) so a trip down the Clyde is very convenient.  We are one of the most accessible of the westerly islands from the Scottish Central Belt. It’s a peaceful island haven, just a stone’s throw away from the mainland. Take a look at our Getting to Bute page to arrange your travel.

We are only 15 miles long by 4 miles wide but there is loads to see and do. You might spot porpoises accompanying your ferry journey and if you’ve never seen a seal up close in the wild head over to Scalpsie Bay. The wonderful West Island Way is an island-long marked trail which can be tackled in sections – it’s a great way to see Bute’s flora and fauna and of course the views to Arran and Cowal.

Bute is renowned for its glorious gardens and grand architecture. The Esplanade Gardens on the front as you get off the ferry are a summer favourite for a quiet contemplate on a bench or you can try your skills on the putting green. Visit Ardencraig Gardens on Canada Hill which features a walled garden and an exotic aviary. The marvellous gardens of  Mount Stuart House are a must (as is the house itself of course!) and Ascog Fernery is a beautiful garden with specimen planting and the fernery is a cool oasis on a hot day.

Rothesay and Port Bannatyne are great places for a bite to eat with cafes, bistros, bars and restaurants.  If you’re looking for accommodation there are hotels and B&Bs overlooking Rothesay Bay, and loads of self-catering flats and houses to choose from all across the island. Have a look at our Eat & Drink  and Accommodation pages.

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Bluebird on Bute!

Donald Campbell’s hydroplane, Bluebird, was on Bute recently for crew training on Loch Fad.  Keep up to speed with all the latest happenings with Bluebird’s adventures.  Take a look at our dedicated page for Bluebird that was set up when she was here – we have Bluebird’s live twitterfeed so that you can keep up to date with what she’s up to. 

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Fantastic Fishing on Bute’s Lochs

Beginner or Expert, Lochs Fad and Quien offer you the chance to catch some fine Trout and Pike. For more information go the the website HERE

Scalpsie Bay is just one of the fabulous beaches to explore

Our Beaches are wonderful for responsible dog walking, guddling in rock pools, bracing swims all year round or family and friends get togethers on lovely days like this!

Explore the island via the West Island Way

The West Island Way walking trail runs the length of the island. You’ll see loads of wildlife and fabulous views.  Check out the website HERE  

Explore Mount Stuart House and Gardens

You just have to experience the fabulous gothic marvel that is Mount Stuart. From Robert the Bruce to Stuart Kings this house has a piece of it all! Read more HERE 

The Wee Ferry to Argyll

The Rothesay to Wemyss Bay ferry is our workhorse service but did you know we have another link at the north end of Bute? It only takes a few minutes and this picturesque service is our gateway to Argyll and the Cowal peninsular. Check your ferry options HERE

Have a Boat?

Bute has 2 marinas and swinging moorings too. Coming over by boat is a great way to experience the sheltered waters of the Clyde and the hospitality of the island. Click Here for more boating to Bute information.

You can contact us at this address: Bute Marketing and Tourism Ltd, Upper Flat, Ian Villa, Academy Road, Rothesay, PA20 0BG