This blog was submitted by Andrew Crosbie, who recounts a Round-Bute Bus Tour:
After a train trip of just under an hour from Glasgow Central to Wemyss Bay and then a 35 minute ferry crossing I arrived in Rothesay where I crossed the road and got onto the open top bus tour to explore the island further.
The bus then travelled through the town, passing buildings such as the Winter Gardens which was built in the 1920’s as a concert hall and now houses the Isle Of Bute Discovery Centre. This displays some really interesting information all about the history of the island as a holiday resort for those living in the city before the package holidays came about, as well as all the local wildlife. Another building we passed was the Pavilion. This was built in 1938 in an art deco style. The bus then passed through the residential area of Ardbeg before reaching the first of 6 stops.
The first stop is in the village of Port Bannatyne, this is a small village on the north of the island with a number of shops and eating places and also has a marina area. We learned all about the history of the village.
We then crossed the island arriving at our next stop, Ettrick Bay which is one of the larger bays found on the island and has a long golden beach and tea room serving a wide variety of meals and light refreshments. We then followed the west coast, enjoying panoramic views across to the largest island in the Firth of Clyde, Arran,
passing the bays at St Ninian’s and Scalpsie, in the later of which seals can regularly be found. For those staying on the island longer, a trip to see the sunset is thoroughly recommended.
Next we passed by the small villages of Kingarth and Kilchattan Bay before we then went up the east coast to the entrance to the Mount Stuart House and Gardens. The house is very interesting and is was the first in the world to have an indoor heated swimming pool and first in Scotland to have electric lighting. We then passed by Kerrycroy which is modelled on a Tudor village and was built as homes for the workers of Mount Stuart.
We then passed through the villages of Ascog and Craigmore, both of which are home to beautiful gardens at Ascog Hall fernery and Ardencraig before passing the Glenburn Hotel which is the largest hotel on the island before we arrived back at our starting point.