family fun

Fun for all the Family

Bute is a fantastic place to bring all the family. The low crime rate, safe roads and quiet towns and villages mean you can relax whilst the kids wander off to play on the beach. Ettrick Bay is perfect for a day out; walk along the beach to see how many different species of sea birds you can spot, look out for the mighty white-tailed sea eagles (with a wing span wider than you are tall!) and keep an eye on the horizon for the dorsal fin of a basking shark; the worlds second largest fish! Pop in to the Ettrick Bay Tea Room in the afternoon for a fabulous ice cream. The Rothesay Leisure pool features a 24 metre, 4 lane pool with children’s beach area, fully equipped gym, sauna and steam room suite. You can either join or pay-as-you-go.

Mount Stuart Visitor Centre can also supply the family with lots of fun. The café is family friendly and the adventure playground in the gardens is a great way to spend the afternoon.

The island is brimming with wildlife so why not get out into the countryside to see how many different species you can see?  Book yourself on to a WildBute Tour! Pop into the Museum to see lots of different species of animals from the island and have a look at the children’s viewing gallery.

Try pony trekking with Ardbrannan Riding Centre. Open all year round, the stables are situated at the top of Canada Hill and treks are available between 1 and 3 hours taking you and your family across the moors or down on to the beach.

Coming from Glasgow for a short weekend break with the family? Then make it extra special and jump on The Waverley, the world’s last paddle steamer, and travel down the Clyde to Rothesay for a very special journey.

During the summer season, you can travel to Bute on Friday and back to Glasgow on Sunday on the Waverley. Take a look at the Waverley timetable on the official website HERE

Click HERE to read Blogger Jo Addison’s family friendly visit to Bute!

Electric Cars on Bute

If you are bringing your electric car to Bute, there is one public charging point on the island. You can find it at Guildford Square in Rothesay, in the car park right across from the Calmac Ferry Terminal. Although the charging point is free, the car parking fees...

Bute Airstrip

There are many ways to get to Bute, but one of the most glamorous would have to be by private plane! Bute actually has its own airstrip! This little strip of grass lies neatly between fields down at the south of the island, near the Kingarth Hotel It's a short runway...